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[1/19/2015] Former Dragon Ta-Feng Chen dies after battle with leukemia

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 7:31 pm, under NPB

Former Chunichi Dragon Ta-Feng Chen, also known as Yasuaki Taiho, died of acute myeloid leukemia at Nagoya hospital at 10:41pm on the 18th. He was fifty-one years old.

Chen was selected by the Dragons in the second round of the 1988 draft (he took on a job in the Chunichi organization after he graduated from Nagoya Shoka University to earn his status as a Japanese player). He was later traded to the Hanshin Tigers in 1998 (Chen, Akihiro Yano for Koichi Sekikawa and Teruyoshi Kuji) and returned to Nagoya in 2001. He was released after the 2002 season and wanted to continue playing, but retired because there was no interest. He did some scouting for Chunichi after retirement and helped the organization sign Wei-Ying Chen.

Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015, Sponichi 1/19/2015

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Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1989 Chunichi 101 353 309 37 72 18 0 14 132 36 2 3 4 1 36 0 3 86 9 .233 .318 .427 .745
1990 Chunichi 105 291 259 34 71 13 0 20 144 48 2 0 6 2 23 3 1 63 5 .274 .333 .556 .889
1991 Chunichi 121 461 396 50 112 23 1 26 215 72 2 3 3 2 53 7 7 84 13 .283 .376 .543 .918
1992 Chunichi 81 280 251 24 67 18 1 11 120 39 0 2 0 0 27 3 2 52 7 .267 .343 .478 .821
1993 Chunichi 117 437 367 53 95 14 0 25 184 59 0 1 0 1 66 6 3 117 4 .259 .375 .501 .877
1994 Chunichi 130 560 477 83 148 24 2 38 290 107 1 2 0 9 71 10 3 97 6 .310 .396 .608 1.004
1995 Chunichi 106 444 389 49 95 14 1 24 183 65 1 0 0 1 51 3 3 81 7 .244 .336 .470 .806
1996 Chunichi 129 537 462 69 136 19 1 38 271 89 3 1 4 2 68 8 1 106 10 .294 .385 .587 .971
1997 Chunichi 95 341 296 33 71 12 0 12 119 35 0 1 2 2 38 2 3 78 5 .240 .330 .402 .732
1998 Hanshin 99 346 307 41 71 17 0 21 151 61 0 0 1 2 34 1 2 94 5 .231 .310 .492 .802
1999 Hanshin 78 181 164 20 56 13 0 18 123 39 0 2 0 0 16 2 1 56 5 .341 .403 .750 1.153
2000 Hanshin 97 337 303 38 73 9 2 23 155 54 4 1 0 3 26 3 5 93 2 .241 .309 .512 .820
2001 Chunichi 38 77 70 6 12 4 0 3 25 7 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 34 1 .171 .234 .357 .591
2002 Chunichi 27 54 47 7 10 2 0 4 24 11 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 16 1 .213 .315 .511 .825
Totals 1324 4699 4097 544 1089 200 8 277 2136 722 15 16 20 26 522 49 34 1057 80 .266 .352 .521 .873

Titles

  • Home Runs: 1994
  • RBI: 1994

Awards/Accomplishments

  • Best Nine: 1994 (1st base)
  • JCB MEP: 1994
  • IBM Player of the Year: 1994
  • All-Star Selections: 1991, 1994, 1996
  • Hitting streak: twenty-six games
  • Home run streak: five games