Chi-Hsien Ho

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Chi-Hsien Ho (何紀賢)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 154 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Chi-Hsien Ho pitched for 7 seasons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Ho won the Bronze Medal with Taiwan in the 1994 World Junior Championship. In the 1997 Asian Championship, he got another Bronze. He turned pro in 1999 with the Chinatrust Whales and was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. In the 1999 Taiwan Series, the 22-year-old southpaw started game four against the Wei Chuan Dragons with the Whales down 3 games to 0. He promptly tossed a 3-hit shutout, fanning six. His club then dropped game five. While the Whales would make one more Series, they would get swept, leaving Ho as the only hurler in franchise history to have won a Taiwan Series contest.

Ho was 3-5 with two saves and an identical 3.38 ERA in the 2000 season. He split 2001 between the Whales (2-0, Sv, 1.88 in 45 1/3 IP) and the Sinon Bulls (1-3, 2 Sv, 3.77 in 14 2/3 IP). In 2002, he went 11-10 with a save and a 4.44 ERA for Sinon. He tied Hiroaki Nakayama for second in the CPBL in losses while tying John Burgos and another hurler for 7th in wins. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, he starred for Taiwan, going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. He tied for 9th in the event in whiffs.

In 2003, the slender southpaw fell to 5-8, 3.88 and tied for 7th in the loop in defeats. He allowed one run in 3 1/3 IP in the 2003 Taiwan Series, which Sinon lost to the Brother Elephants. In 2004, Ho improved to 6-4 with 3 saves and a 3.22 ERA. He pitched 53 games, second on the club behind Ming-Chin Lee's 57. In the 2004 Taiwan Series, he went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA as Sinon beat the Uni-President Lions in 7 games. In 2005, he was a player-coach for the Bulls and went 1-3 with 11 saves and a 3.22 ERA. He tied for third in the league in saves, behind Dario Veras and Mike Garcia.

Ho's career then ended abruptly as he was implicated in a gambling scandal and let go.

Overall, Chi-Hsien went 30-34 with 20 saves and a 3.74 ERA in 216 CPBL games.

Ho's repertoire featured a slider, changeup, curveball and fastball (peak of 90 mph).