Yueh-Ping Lin

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Yueh-Ping Lin (The Big Pancake) (林岳平)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 154 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Yueh-Ping Lin was a star closer for the Uni-President Lions and later a manager. He threw a fastball (topped out at 96.9 mph), slider, forkball and curveball.

Lin allowed 2 runs in 9 innings for Taiwan in the 2001 World Port Tournament. He was back in Holland the next year, with a 1-0, 1.74 record in the 2002 Haarlem Baseball Week. He also pitched for Taiwan in the 2002 Asian Games. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, he went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and struck out 16 in 13 innings. He finished 7th in strikeouts, trailing four South Koreans as well as Jose Ibar and Roger Deago.

Lin was 0-1 with a save and a 6.14 ERA in the 2003 World Port Tournament. he pitched in the 2003 Asian Championship.

Lin was drafted by the Uni-President Lions in 2003. He allowed one run in 3 1/3 IP for Taiwan in the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week, his last national team appearance until late in 2006. In 2005, Yueh-Ping made his pro debut, going 7-3 with 3 saves and a 3.87 ERA for the Lions; he struck out 111 in 135 innings.

Lin was 5-6 with a save and a 3.22 ERA for the 2006 Lions. Back with the national team, he appeared in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup (1 run in 4 innings) and the 2006 Asian Games. In the 2007 CPBL, Lin only pitched 2 1/3 innings due to heart problems that required surgery.

Lin was back in action by 2008, now being used as the Lions' closer. He was 7-4 with 17 saves and a 3.87 ERA for the top team in the CPBL regular season. Despite being a reliever, he was used as Taiwan's starter in the 2009 World Baseball Classic against China; the move did not pay off as Lin gave up 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings in taking the loss, Taiwan's second ever against China.

He was 4-5 with 26 saves and a 2.97 ERA in the 2009 CPBL, leading the league in saves for the first time (six ahead of Ryan Cullen); the Lions went on to win the 2009 Taiwan Series though he struggled in the Series. He became the head of the players' union in 2010 (he would serve two years) and was 1-6 with 14 saves and a 3.67 ERA, 3rd in saves behind Cullen and Shingo Takatsu.

In 2011, he hit 156 kmph (96.9 mph) on the radar gun, setting a CPBL mark (broken two years later by Miguel Mejia). He was 0-4 with 28 saves and a 2.91 ERA, finishing second in saves (two behind Ming-Chieh Hsu). He saved Seth Etherton's win in Game 1 of the 2011 Taiwan Series, allowed the tying homer to Hong-Yu Lin with two outs in the 9th in Game 2 and saved Ching-Ming Wang's Game 4 win as the Lions won.

Lin fell to 1-4, 4.50 in the 2012 CPBL but his 23 saves tied Brad Thomas for first. He became the CPBL career leader in saves when he notched #125 in 2013; he broke the record held by former teammate Mike Garcia (through 2020, the only other pitcher to reach 100 besides Lin and Garcia was Yu-Hsun Chen). Lin was 2-4 with 20 saves and a 2.66 ERA on the year, finishing second to Thomas in saves. The Lions won the 2013 Taiwan Series for their last title of his playing career.

The right-hander fell to 3-4, 4.97 in 2014, finishing 8th in the CPBL in games pitched (43, between Hung-Chih Kuo and Boof Bonser) as former major leaguer Kuo took his closer's job from him. He struggled badly in 2015 (0-1, 5.79 in 18 G), 2016 (13 H, 12 R, 9 ER In 5 IP) and [[2017 CPBL}2017]] (3-2, 6.15). He retired at 33-43, 3.88 with 129 saves in 468 NPB games. Through 2020, he remains first in CPBL history in saves and is tied for 3rd in appearances with Yi-Chuan Liu.

Lin was a minor league pitching coach for the Lions for two years. He became manager in 2020 and led them to the 2020 Taiwan Series title.

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