Kuo Tai-yuan

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Kuo Tai-yuan, (; (Taigen_Kaku); , born March 20, 1962), is a retired Taiwanese NPB baseball pitcher 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).

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Amateur

Kuo was born in Tainan City, Taiwan. 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......
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