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Chin-lung Hu

Los Angeles Dodgers — No. 60
Shortstop
Born: February 2, 1984 (1984-02-02) (age 26)
Tainan City, Taiwan
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 1, 2007 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .200
Home runs     2
Runs batted in     16
Teams
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hu.

Hu Chin-lung (traditional Chinese: 胡金龍pinyin: Hú Jīnlóng; born February 2, 1984) is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hu is the fifth MLB player, and the first MLB infielder, from Taiwan. He has the shortest surname for a player in Major League history.

Baseball career

Hu was signed by the Dodgers on January 31, 2003, and began his professional career with the rookie league Ogden Raptors in 2003. He split 2004 between the Columbus Catfish in A ball and the Vero Beach Dodgers in High-A ball. In 2005, he played the whole season at Vero Beach and hit .313 with 23 stolen bases.

In 2006, he played for Chinese Taipei in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and then returned to play for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. Hu played in the All-Star Futures Game during the All-Star break in both 2006 and 2007. He won the MVP award for his performance in the 2007 game.[1]

He was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 12, 2007, and made his major league debut on September 1, 2007, against the San Diego Padres. In his second MLB at bat, Hu hit a solo home run on September 11, 2007, against the Padres, becoming the first position player born in Taiwan to hit a home run in MLB. (Hu's teammate, pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, had become the first Taiwanese-born player to hit a home run in MLB earlier in 2007). On September 25, Hu hit a two-run homer and became the first Taiwanese-born player to hit two home runs. Hu spent most of 2009 in AAA with the Albuquerque Isotopes and appeared in only five games with the Dodgers after a September callup.

References

  1. ^ Singer, Tom "Dodgers prospect named Futures MVP", MLB.com, 07/08/2007

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