Da-Hung Cheng

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Da-Hung Cheng (鄭達鴻)
formerly as Chih-Hsiung Cheng

Biographical Information[edit]

Da-Hung Cheng, whose name is also sometimes transcribed as Ta-Hung Cheng, has played for several years in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. His brother also appeared in the CPBL.

Cheng played in the 1996 World Youth Championship, 1999 World Junior Championship and 2001 World Port Tournament. In the 2002 World University Championship, he and Kuo-Ching Kao split the DH role for Taiwan; Cheng was 3 for 11 with a double and a steal.

Cheng turned pro in 2005 with the Sinon Bulls, going 3 for 38 with a double. He hit .260/.255/.340 in 2006, then .315/.385/.424 in 2007. He was 9th in the league in average. In 2008, he fell to .277/.333/.351. Da-hung batted .355/.406/.503 the next year. Had he qualified, he would have been 4th in the 2009 CPBL in average (behind Wu-Hsiung Pan, Cheng-Min Peng and Wilton Veras), 4th in OBP and 6th in slugging.

In 2010, Cheng's batting line dropped to .278/.336/.357 but he stole 31 bases, tying Fu-Hao Liu for the league lead. He shattered the old CPBL record of 15 swipes by a catcher, set back in 1993. He was also thrown out trying to steal a league-high 15 times. He was the first catcher ever to lead the CPBL in swipes; no catcher had ever done so in Major League Baseball, Nippon Pro Baseball or the Korea Baseball Organization.