Chien-Ming Chiang

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Chien-Ming Chiang

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chien-Ming Chiang is a pitcher with the Yomiuri Giants who has pitched for Taiwan's national team.

In high school, Chiang was timed at 92 mph after being converted from catcher. He had a particularly abusive experience when he threw 36 innings in a four-day span, totaling 445 pitches. In the 2004 World University Championship, Chiang pitched for Taiwan.

Chiang made his debut with the Taiwan senior national team in the 2005 Asian Championship and 2005 Baseball World Cup. In the latter event, he was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA, beating Australia. He allowed 3 home runs and struck out 9 in 11 1/3 innings. His international performance that year impressed the Yomiuri Giants, who signed him.

Chiang was Taiwan's least-effective hurler against China in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He relieved Wei-Lun Pan in the 5th inning and allowed two runs in two innings in a 12-3 win. In the 6th inning, Guangbiao Liu doubled and Yufeng Zhang walked before Wei Wang hit a 2-run double.

In the 2006 Asian Games, Chiang helped Taiwan win its first Gold in the history of the event.

Chiang made his Nippon Pro Baseball debut in 2006, going 3-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 10 games, walking 7 and allowing a .223 average in 59 2/3 innings.

Chiang began 2007 in the Yomiuri rotation but struggled and moved to the bullpen. He was 2-4 with a 5.18 ERA in 17 games, showing worse control (13 BB in 41 2/3) and allowing more hits (.274 average).

Chiang was with Taiwan for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, helping them win a spot in the 2008 Olympics. Chiang was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. He got the victory against the Spanish national team. Against Canada, he entered in the 10th of a 5-5 game but allowed a Matt Rogelstad single and Jimmy Van Ostrand double to lose it. He then threw six shutout innings for the win over the South African national team. He tied Paul Mildren and André Hughes for third in strikeouts, well behind Francisco Campos (22) and Min-han Son (16). He tied Steve Green, Alexandre Periard, Scott Richmond, Son, Kwang-hyun Kim and Chien-Fu Yang for the most wins; like Periard, he got the advantage of facing the tournament's two worst teams.

Chiang has also learned Japanese rapidly.