From BR Bullpen
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 198 lb.
Ming-chieh Hsu first received international exposure as a player on the Taiwanese team that won the 1990 Little League World Series. He had a 2-2, 1.71 record in the 1993 World Junior Championship, walking one and striking out 13 in 21 innings for the Bronze Medal winners. He pitched for Taiwan in the 1995 Asian Championship. He was 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in the 1995 Intercontinental Cup. Hsu was 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA for the Taiwan national team in the 1997 World Port Tournament. He rose to professional prominence in 1998 when the 21-year-old went 7-4 with a 2.52 ERA as the top Taiwanese native in the Taiwan Major League. The Taichung Agan ace was even better a year later, going 15-6 with a 2.83 ERA, third in the TML in ERA again and again the best of any native. He led his club to the TML title and was named championship series MVP. Three days later, he signed with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League, becoming the first Taiwanese performer in six years to go to Japan. In the 1999 Asian Championship, Hsu pitched for Taiwan.
His first year with Seibu, Hsu was 6-7 with a 4.57 ERA. He improved in 2001 and went 11-6 with a 3.47 ERA, second in the PL to Nate Minchey and made the Pacific League All-Star team. During the 2001 Baseball World Cup, Hsu was 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA. In 2002, Ming-chieh was 9-7 with a 3.65 earned run average. In the 2002 Japan Series, he allowed three runs in five innings and got no decisions.
His performance slipped after that - Hsu was 4-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 2003 and he was removed from the rotation for a while. He pitched for Taiwan in the 2003 Asian Championship as they won Silver. Primarily a reliever in 2004, he went 4-3 with a 4.36 ERA and did not even appear in the Japan Series win by Seibu. In 2005, the 28-year-old on decline gave up 13 baserunners and four scores in 5 2/3 innings of work with Seibu. He was 0-4 with a 5.48 ERA for Seibu in the 2006 season. Hsu went 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 15 games for the 2007 Lions. Overall, his NPB record stood at 35-30, 4.27 after that season though he had not won in the prior three years.
In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Hsu had a 4.35 ERA in four games for the host Taiwan team. He had no decisions. He retired all three batters he faced in the 2007 Asian Championship. Hsu pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in the 2007 World Port Tournament, saving one game in five appearances.
Sources: 1994 and 1999-2000 Baseball Almanacs, Michael Westbay's JapaneseBaseball.com, Gary Garland's Japanbaseballdaily.com, Sergei Borisov's 2006 NPB site (Defunct), Defunct IBAF site, 1997 World Port Tournament, 2007 World Port Tournament