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Chao-Huang Lin (林朝煌)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 183 lb.
Chao-Huang Lin was an Olympic performer who pitched for 13 years in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Lin played for Taiwan in the 1987 World Junior Championship, 1989 Asian Championship, 1989 Intercontinental Cup and 1990 Asian Games. In the 1990 Baseball World Cup, he was 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA for Taiwan but it was still the staff's second-best ERA after Chien-Fu Kuo Lee. He played in the 1991 Asian Championship. In the 1991 Intercontinental Cup, he had a 1-0, 0.90 record for the Bronze Medalists. He finished fourth in ERA. He went 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in the 1992 Olympics as Taiwan's #2 starter after Kuo Lee. He beat Italy and the Dominican Republic. In the Gold Medal game, he started against the Cuban national team but allowed four runs in three innings before Ming-Hung Tsai relieved in a 11-1 loss to Giorge Diaz as Taiwan settled for a Silver Medal. He tied five others for second in the Barcelona Games in wins, trailing Kuo Lee by one.
Lin turned pro in 1993 with the Jungo Bears and went 7-13 with a 3.98 ERA. Only Chien-Cheng Kuo lost more games that year in the CPBL. He was 5-15 with two saves and a 5.00 ERA in '94, again finishing second in losses, only one behind leader Ming-Shan Kang. He rebounded to 9-10, 4.21 with two saves with the 1995 Bears. Switching to the Sinon Bulls in 1996, Lin had another season with double-digit losses, going 2-10 with a save and a 5.42 ERA. During a stretch in 1995-1996, he lost 11 consecutive decisions, a CPBL record until 2008. In '97, he had a 6.62 ERA for the Bulls then moved on to the Uni-President Lions later in the year and was 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA.
Lin was 5-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 1998 then 2-5 with a save and 3.67 ERA in '99. In 2000, the 30-year-old hurler turned in a 3-5, 3.17 season with six saves. The next year, he had a 4-4, 2.44 record with a league-leading 20 saves in a career year as a pro. He tossed two shutout innings in the 2001 Baseball World Cup as Taiwan won Bronze.
He went 1-2 with fourteen saves and a 3.09 ERA for the 2002 Lions. He then joined the China Trust Whales and was 2-1 with four saves and a 3.00 ERA in 2003. In '04, he fell to 5-4, 4.58 with a save, then had a 10.54 ERA in 2005 to wrap up his playing career.
Overall, Lin was 49-73 with 51 saves and a 4.11 ERA in 315 games in the CPBL.