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Fu-Lien Wu (吳復連)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 198 lb.
- School Chinese Cultural University
Fu-Lien Wu has been a longtime presence in the Taiwan baseball world, as a player, coach and manager. He is the uncle of Chiang-Ho Chen.
Wu was with Taiwan for the 1982 Amateur World Series and the 1983 Intercontinental Cup; in the '83 Intercontinental Cup, he was named the All-Star third baseman and led the event with four steals. In the 1983 Asian Championship, the 21-year-old shortstop went 13 for 29 to win MVP honors to help his team qualify for the 1984 Olympics.
Wu hit .357/.378/.643 in the 1984 Amateur World Series, a better slugging percentage than Barry Bonds posted in the same tournament. Wu scored 10 runs in 12 games. Taiwan won a Silver Medal, its first Medal ever at an Amateur World Series. He remained with Taiwan for the 1984 Olympics, 1985 Asian Championship, 1985 Intercontinental Cup, 1986 Amateur World Series and 1987 Asian Championship.
In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Fu-Lien hit .390/.537/.537 as Taiwan won a Bronze. He had 8 runs and 9 RBI in 13 games; he also drew 13 walks, second in the tournament, one behind leader Ty Griffin. He remained with Taiwan for the 1988 Olympics.
When the Chinese Professional Baseball League was formed, Wu joined the Brother Elephants. He hit .253/.328/.304 in 1991, .277/.370/.388 in 1992, .246/.325/.328 in 1993, .291/.337/.397 in 1994, .256/.336/.326 in 1995 and .265/.342/.329 in 1996. He won the Gold Glove at second base in 1996. When the CPBL had its players' union form in '95, he was one of the first directors.
In 1997, he joined the rival Taiwan Major League's Chianan Luka. He hit .257/.292/.329 in the league's first year and won a Gold Glove at second base. He hit the first sacrifice fly in TML history. In '98, the 36-year-old veteran batted .276/.346/.355 and was named to the Best Nine as the loop's top second baseman. He hit .259/.302/.363 in 1999 and .291/.331/.356 in 2000, his last year as a player.
Wu became the manager of the Taichung Agan in 2001 and led them to titles his first two years, both times being named Manager of the Year. He switched to the Macoto Gida in 2003 as an assistant coach and remained with Macoto through 2007. He was their manager in both 2006 and 2007. Wu then moved to the La New Bears as a coach. He also coached for the Taiwan national team in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, 2007 Asian Championship and 2014 Asian Games. Returning to a managerial role in Taiwan, he guided the Chinatrust Brothers into the 2015 Taiwan Series, where they fell in 7 games.
- Chinese Wiki Baseball
- KT Choi's Taiwanese baseball database
- Defunct IBAF site