January 1, 1982 |
Taitung County, Taiwan
|June 3, 2004, for the La New Bears|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||855|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Representing Chinese Taipei|
|Asian Baseball Championship|
Lin Chih-sheng, (traditional Chinese: 林智勝; simplified Chinese: 林智胜; pinyin: Lín Zhì Shèng; Wade–Giles: Lin2 Chih4 Sheng4; born January 1, 1982; birth name: 林智盛), also known as Ngayaw Ake in Amis language, is a Taiwanese aboriginal baseball player for the Chinatrust Brothers. He began his career with the La New Bears in 2004. The team changed its name to the Lamigo Monkeys in 2011, and Lin left after the 2015 season to sign with the Brothers.
While with the Bears and later Monkeys, Lin and his teammate Shih Chih-wei were often referred to as the "Sheng-Shih Connection," a reference to the glove puppet film Legend of the Sacred Stone. Alone, Lin is nicknamed "Big Brother."
Lin competed at the 2006 Asian Games and had the game-winning hit at the championship game against Japan. In 2008, Lin was chosen to play on the Taiwanese national baseball team at the 2008 Olympic Games. He also played in the 2010 Asian Games, and captained the national team in the inaugural WBSC Premier12 held in November 2015.
He recorded the CPBL's first 30–30 season in 2015, and also won the MVP award that season. On January 4, 2016, Lin signed with the Chinatrust Brothers. He is the first player to change teams since the implementation of free agency in 2010. The three-year deal, worth a guaranteed NT$45 million (US$1.36 million), is the richest in CPBL history, and also includes NT$9 million in incentives.
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|CPBL Home Run Champion Award
|CPBL RBI Champion Award
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