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Sheng-Chieh Hsu (許聖杰)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 172 lb.
Sheng-Chieh Hsu has played over a decade in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Hsu played for Taiwan in the 1992 World Junior Championship. In the 1994 Baseball World Cup, he hit just .174/.240/.261 and fielded .893 as Taiwan's main third baseman. He was with Taiwan for the 1994 Asian Games and 1995 Asian Championship. In the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, he was only 1 for 16 with 3 walks and a double, but fielded perfectly at the hot corner. Hsu played in the 1997 Asian Championship and 1997 World Port Tournament (.304/.333/.348).
Turning pro in 1998 with the Wei Chuan Dragons, Hsu batted only .198/.258/.299. He starred in the 1998 Taiwan Series, though, winning MVP honors as the Dragons won it all. In 1999, Hsu had a fine year at .279/.359/.418 with 18 steals. He played in the 1999 Asian Championship. Sheng-Chieh fell to .222/.273/.339 in 2000, moving to the Uni-President Lions after the Dragons folded. He won the CPBL Gold Glove at short. In '01, the 26-year-old produced at a .272/.318/.398 rate and won his second Gold Glove after fielding .963. He was 2 for 12 as a utility infielder in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, primarily backing up Chang-Ming Cheng at short.
Hsu hit .242/.292/.365 in 2002. In spring training of 2003, he joined the Yakult Swallows of Japan. Just two months later, he was badly injured in a car crash (the driver had been drunk). He batted .252/.295/.407 in 45 games that year while healthy. In 2004, Hsu hit .204/.261/.283 for the Macoto Cobras, followed by .264/.289/.354 in 2005, when he was team captain. On July 30, he had the 70,000th hit in CPBL history. In '06, the veteran infielder was just 7 for 47. He also pitched that year, tossing two shutout innings and fanning one.