Chung-Yi Huang (黃忠義)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 181 lb.
Chung-Yi Huang represented Taiwan in over a dozen international events, despite being ineligible for a 5-year period. Huang was a two-time Olympian. He was arguably the best second baseman in the first two decades of Taiwanese professional baseball, being honored nine times as his league's premier player at that position. He is a cousin of Olympic performers Kuang-Shih Wang and Kuang-Huei Wang.
Huang played for Taiwan in the 1985 World Port Tournament and 1989 Intercontinental Cup. He was named the best defensive player of the 1989 Asian Championship. In the 1990 Baseball World Cup, he hit .400/.462/.514 with 8 RBI in 9 games. Julio Medina beat him out for All-Tournament honors at second base.
Huang was with Taiwan for the 1990 Asian Games, 1990 Goodwill Games and 1991 Asian Championship. In the 1991 Intercontinental Cup, he .250/.296/.375. During the 1992 Olympics, Huang batted .351/.415/.541 with 8 runs in 9 games. As Taiwan's leadoff man in the Gold Medal game, he was 1 for 4 with an error in a 11-1 loss to the Cuban national team and Giorge Díaz.
As international baseball was still an amateur-only event, the 1992 Olympics were Huang's last appearance on the world stage until 1998, when pros were permitted to play.
Huang began his pro career with the Jungo Bears in 1993, starting a 16-year run in Taiwanese pro ball. He hit .301/.383/.447 and stole 16 bases but was caught stealing 14 times. He won a Gold Glove at second base (fielding .971) and was named to the Best Nine as the top player at that position in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
In 1994, Huang hit .270/.353/.386 and hit 8 triples, a CPBL record. The mark would be broken two years later by Hector Roa. In 1995, Chung-Yi batted .249/.344/.355 in an off-year. The Bears became the Sinon Bulls and Huang produced at a .332/.418/.468 rate in '96 and was named to the Best 10, starting a 7-year run wherein he always won that honor.
Huang hit .262/.350/.338 in 1997 and fielded .972. He won his second Gold Glove and made the Best 9 or Best Ten. In '98, he batted .314/.383/.456 and fielded .985, winning his third Gold Glove and fourth Best Ten nod. He was 8th in the CPBL in average. As pros were allowed back in international games, he played for Taiwan in the 1998 Asian Games.
In 1999, Huang batted .283/.365/.410 and stole 20 bases in 22 tries. He made the Best Nine. He played in the 1999 Asian Championship, winning All-Tournament honors at second base. In the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, he hit just .143/.250/.143 in a disappointing show.
Huang had a career year during 2000. He hit .354/.432/.514 and stole 23 bases in 32 tries. He led the CPBL in average (.033 over Min-Ching Luo, hits (115) and RBI (51) and easily won another Best Ten nod. In 2001, Huang hit .290/.382/.386 and stole 17 bases while being thrown out only 5 times. He again made the Best Ten. Huang hit a poor .226/.314/.226 and made 3 errors in 10 games in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, joining other prominent Taiwan players like Tai-Feng Chen and Kan-Lin Huang in putting up a poor show.
In 2002, Huang batted .326/.397/.530 with a career-high 15 home runs. He led the CPBL with 107 hits, was second in average (8 points behind Chien-Wie Chen) and made the Best Ten for the 7th straight season. On June 13, he collected his 1,000th hit in his 876th game, becoming the fastest player to the century mark in CPBL annals. He played for Taiwan in the 2002 Asian Games.
Huang hit .300/.370/.411 for the 2003 Bulls to finish 8th in the league i naverage. He won the All-Star Hame home run contest that year. He helped Taiwan win Silver in the 2003 Asian Championship to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.
In 2004, Huang batted .312/.397/.455 to make his 9th and last Best Ten. He was third in average behind Cheng-Min Peng and Tai-Shan Chang. Through 2008, no one has won 9 Best Ten honors in the CPBL at any position; Tai-Shan Chang's 7 at third base rank second. In the 2004 Olympics, Huang continued his struggles on the international stage by batting .148/.223/.148 as Taiwan's starting second sacker.
Huang became a player-coach for Sinon in 2005 and hit .276/.348/.362, still playing regularly at age 37. He concluded his international career in the 2005 Asian Championship. In '06, he batted .341/.403/.431 but lost Best Ten honors to Sen Yang. In the 2007 CPBL season, the veteran became a player-manager. He cut his own playing time, only hitting .247/.286/.333 in 34 games. The Bulls finished 34-46-1 under his reign and he lost his job at the helm. Through that point in time, Huang was the all-time CPBL leader in both games and hits.
In 2008, he hit .268/.346/.360 while moving to first base. He retired following that year to become a full-time coach with Sinon.
Overall, Huang batted .298/.377/.419 in 1,423 games in the CPBL, collecting 1,582 hits.