, (; (Taigen_Kaku); , born March 20, 1962), is a retired Taiwanese NPB
and currently a baseball coach
. With 117 wins accumulated during his 13 seasons in the Seibu Lions
, Kuo set the record of being the international player who achieves most wins in the NPB history, and is widely regarded as the greatest Taiwanese pitcher before Chien-Ming Wang
(interestingly, both of them plus Hong-Chih Kuo
and Chin-Lung Hu
are all Tainan City natives).
Kuo was born in Tainan City
. Originally a shortstop
, he started to practice pitching in high school and immediately became well-known for his high quality fastballs. In the 1983 Chinese Taipei
versus South Korea
match in Asian Baseball Championship
, Kuo did not allow a run to score during 17 consecutive innings, while his fastballs clocked up to 154 km/h (96 mph). He finally won the game and helped Chinese Taipei qualify for the 1984 Summer Olympics
In the 1984 Olympics preliminary round against the U.S.
, Kuo pitched up to 158 km/h (98 mph) and allowed only 2 runs (one earned run
) during his complete game effort, rightfully earning the nickname "The Oriental Express". However, Chinese Taipei eventually lost to team USA, which was studded with Will Clark
, Mark McGwire
and the like. Kuo later pitched in the semifinal round against Japan
match, allowing one run in 4.2 innings. Kuo's excellent performance drew special attention from the Seibu......