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Cheng-Chin Hong (洪正欽)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
Cheng-Chin Hong was an Olympic performer who played for 11 seasons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Hong hit .219/.242/.250 for Taiwan in the 1984 Amateur World Series, fielding .886 at third base; in 11 games, he had four errors to five runs produced. Taiwan still won a Silver Medal, their first medal ever at an Amateur World Series. He traveled with the club for the 1984 Olympics but did not make the roster for the event. Hong remained with Taiwan for the 1985 Asian Championship, 1985 Intercontinental Cup, 1987 Asian Championship, 1987 Intercontinental Cup. He split third with Shih-Hsih Wu in the 1988 Baseball World Cup, batting .304/.407/.304 and fielding .920. He stole three bases in four tries. The team won the Bronze Medal. He also appeared in the 1988 Olympics.
When the Chinese Professional Baseball League formed in 1990, the 28-year-old Hong played for the Wei Chuan Dragons. He hit .243/.271/.290, but starred in the inaugural Taiwan Series, taking home MVP honors after going 4 for 13 with two walks and four RBI. He had the game-winning RBIs in games 1 and 6 of the 1990 Taiwan Series. He batted .217/.278/.302 in 1991, .164/.193/.200 in 1992 and .143/.226/.155 in 1993 but remained active. In '94, he rebounded to .236/.276/.307. He produced at a .190/.220/.268 rate in 1995, .261/.325/.296 in 1996, .182/.276/.236 in 1997, /.192/.245/.247 in 1998 and a career-high .277/.338/.355 in 1999. When the Dragons folded after a decade, the veteran ended his career with the 2000 China Trust Whales, hitting .252/.306/.317.
Hong finished his career with a batting line of .224/.275/.287 in 641 games and fielded .951.