October 28, 1977 |
Tainan City, Taiwan
|MLB: September 14, 2002, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|CPBL: March 21, 2006, for the La New Bears|
|MLB: July 20, 2005, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|CPBL: September 18, 2016, for the Lamigo Monkeys|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||490|
|Runs batted in||2|
Chen Chin-Feng (Chinese: 陳金鋒; pinyin: Chén Jīnfēng; Wade–Giles: Ch'en2 Chin1-Feng1; born October 28, 1977) is a baseball outfielder who was the first Taiwan-born player playing in Major League Baseball in 2002. Chen is a Taiwanese aborigine of Siraya tribal ancestry.
In 1999 in the Cal League with Class-A San Bernardino in 1999, he batted .316/.404/.580 with 31 homers, 31 steals, 123 RBIs and 75 walks. Along with outfielder Joc Pederson who did it in AAA in 2014, he is one of only two LA Dodger minor leaguers to have a 30 home run, 30 stolen bases season.
Chen became the first Taiwanese baseball player to play in Major League baseball when he made his debut on September 14, 2002. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in parts of the 2002-05 seasons, but only sparingly. In 2005, Chen was reluctant to accept a designation for assignment back to Dodgers' Las Vegas 51s AAA team, and try out with another major league team. In 2006, after struggling to make the 25-man roster with the Dodgers, Chen tried out for the Japanese professional league (NPB), and eventually decided to play in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taiwan.
In 2005, Chen was the first Taiwanese position player to ever get a hit in Major League Baseball. However, Chin-hui Tsao had earlier become the first Taiwanese player to get a hit in the Majors as a pitcher, with the Colorado Rockies on August 18, 2003.
After his contract with the Dodgers organization expired after the 2005 season, Chen announced on December 26, 2005, that he would not return to North America for the 2006 season, but would instead enter the CPBL draft. He was promptly selected by the La New Bears. Chen had completed his first complete baseball season at the hometown Taiwan in 2006. He ranked first on many aspects such as the highest batting average and 81 RBIs for the whole season. He also led the Bears to the championship title and he also won his first MVP title for the final series matches. Later on in the second Asian baseball tournament, he showed the best performance again and gained attention from several Japanese and Korean teams, including the Orix Buffaloes. But, Chen did not sign with them and remained in Taiwan. Chen announced his retirement from the Chinese Professional Baseball League on September 18, 2016.
Since Chen's debut, other Taiwanese baseball players have played in the MLB: Chien-Ming Wang with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays, Fu-Te Ni with the Detroit Tigers, Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles, and former Dodgers Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-Lung Hu.
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