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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

16. Chin-Feng Chen (2002-05)

He was the best-power hitter in franchise history, but could never stick in the big leagues

Las Vegas' Chin-Feng Chen warms up before a game against Albuquerque at Cashman Field Monday, July 28, 2003.

Las Vegas' Chin-Feng Chen warms up before a game against Albuquerque at Cashman Field Monday, July 28, 2003.

Outfielder Chin-Feng Chen, who played in Las Vegas from 2002 to 2005, was one of the best power hitters in franchise history with a team-best 87 home runs — 20 better than Phil Hiatt.

Chen’s 298 RBIs are a club best, and his 845 total bases ranks first in franchise history. He ranks second among Las Vegas players in career runs, 292, and career doubles, 95.

But Chen has one distinction that stands out among all the others: On Sept. 14, 2002, he became the first Taiwanese baseball player to play in majors when he appeared with the Dodgers.

Despite his success in Las Vegas, Chen came nowhere near matching his minor-league numbers in the majors. He never appeared in more than eight games for the Dodgers in a single season and only had 22 at bats and two hits in his 19-game major league career.

After the 2005 season, Chen returned to Taiwan and entered the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He was MVP of the 2006 Taiwan Series.

Chin has played in the Little League World Series (his team was champion in 1990), the Olympics, Asian Games, and Baseball World Cup.

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