By Richard Wang
TAICHUNG, Taiwan — Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) icon and Chinatrust Brothers star player Peng Cheng-min walked away from the game on Sunday (September 29th) before a sell-out crowd and media frenzy at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, following 19 years in the league, where he was a 19-time CPBL All-Star.
Peng, who carried nicknames such as “Chia-Chia” and “Mr. CPBL”, made a name for himself as a hustling all-around hitter on the field and generous charity donor off the field.
Peng was frequently named to the Chinese Taipei Baseball Team, launching his international career at the 1993 WBSC U-16 Baseball World Cup (now U-15).
He played on the Chinese Taipei Olympic Team at the 2004 and 2008 Games and was Chinese Taipei’s team captain in the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics.
During Peng’s 19-year professional career, he holds the CPBL record for most batting titles (five). He won the award of “Mr. Popularity” for every edition of CPBL All-Star Game since 2005. Peng is currently the CPBL all-time leader for runs scored (1,089), walks (953) and singles (1,514).
He will move into a coaching position following his career as a player.
CPBL is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season and is an Associate Member of the WBSC.