Tuesday, May 20, 2003

A Personal Note

It seems that life deals with us in different ways most of the time. My friends Allison and Chris had thier Apartment building burn down last week. They are dear friends of mine and I just wanted to say to them that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of struggle. Thankfully they were not hurt, but everything they owned is now gone. Life has a funny way of telling us sometimes there is more important things than just baseball. Over to the left you will see a link to a website about the fire. Feel free to check it out and make a donation if you would like.

In honor of Allison at this time I will stray from my normal Cub talk to look at her favorite player in the Minors.

Chin-feng Chen: He is in the Dodger farm system and looks to be very close to the majors.

So far in 2003:

.290 avg, 5 HR's, 27 RBI's, 6 SB's, .471 SLG,

Here is bio for you Allison:
Career NOTES: Chen enters his fifth year in professional baseball...in 2002, became the first Taiwanese-born player ever to make a Major League roster when he was recalled by the Dodgers from the 51s on Sept. 9...has produced impressive offensive numbers throughout his four minor league seasons, batting .292 with 106 doubles, 85 home runs and 365 RBI in 529 games...became the second Taiwanese player (Hsin-Min Tan pitched at Single-A in the Giants’ farm system from 1974-75) to play in the the minor leagues in the United States and went on to capture the California League and Dodger Minor League Player of the Year Awards in 1999...became the first Taiwanese player to be placed on a Major League 40-man roster pn Nov. 20, 2001...named by Baseball America as the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect entering the 2002 season.

2002: Recalled from the 51s on Sept. 9 and made his major league debut on Sept.14 at Colorado...appeared in 3 games for the Dodgers (.000, 0-for-5)...enjoyed a solid season with Las Vegas, to help lead the 51’s to the PCL playoffs...appeared in 137 games and batted .284 (145-for-511) and led the team with 26 home runs and 84 RBI...his homer and RBI totals led all Dodger minor leaguers...collected 38 multiple-hit games...27 two-hit games, 10 3-hit games and 1 4-hit game (vs. New Orleans, 6/30)...13-game hitting streak twice (April 21-May 4; Aug. 8-22)...had 3 RBI in one game six times...batted .324 (82-for-253) with 14 doubles, 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 70 home games...hit at a .310 clip with four doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games in April...smacked six home runs in a 10-game span from June 22-July 1...started 97 games at first base...batted .287 with 17 home runs vs. right-handers and .285 with runners in scoring position...batted .333 (5-for-15) with a double, triple, home run and 4 RBI in four postseason games.

2001: Split the season playing for Single-A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville, batted a combined .290 with 31 doubles, five triples, 22 home runs and 91 RBI in 128 games…began the season at Single-A Vero Beach following offseason right shoulder surgery and hit .268 in 62 games with five home runs and 41 RBI...used primarily as a designated hitter, appearing in left field 11 games and DH the rest…promoted to Jacksonville on June 14 and hit .313 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 66 games…immediately had an impact on the league co-champion Suns as he hit .357 (10-for-28) with four home runs, 20 runs scored and six RBI in his first seven games…homered in four straight games from July 18-21 and drove in seven runs in that stretch…reached base safely via hit or walk in his first 15 games at Jacksonville (June 14-July 5)…had a nine-game hitting streak from July 9-21 and batted .429 (15-for-35) in that stretch…reached base safely via hit or walk in 57 of 60 starts…started 50 games in left field and 10 as the designated hitter…started the season on fire at Vero Beach, hitting safely in 16 of his first 18 games for a .352 average with six doubles, a home run and 14 RBI…had a season-best 10-game hitting streak from May 28-June 7, batting .368 (14-for-38) with nine RBI in that stretch…was batting .354 in 14 June games before his promotion to Double-A…following the season, starred for his native Chinese Taipei team which won a Bronze Medal in the World Cup tournament held in Taiwan…in the final game, a 3-0 win over Japan, he hit two home runs…finished World Cup competition with a .429 average, four home runs and 14 RBI in 10 games…he topped all batters with a 1.029 slugging percentage and was tied for first in RBI to earn tournament all-star honors…also played in the Arizona Fall League for the league-champion Phoenix Desert Dogs and batted .332 with five home runs in 15 games and was selected to the AFL top prospect team.