After almost a decade of trying to become a regular in the major leagues, Hu Chin-lung may be pursuing a new career path. A report says that the 28-year-old baseball player has become a regular on the driving range. Apparently Hu is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps and make a living in the game of golf. 

In the middle of next month Taiwan will compete for a spot in the World Baseball Classic. Coaches of the national team are eagerly recruiting local baseball players who are playing abroad. One such player they covet is Hu Chin-lung, but a report claims that Hu is giving up baseball for the game of golf.

Hu began his major league career in 2003 when he signed a US$150,000 contract with the Dodgers. He was called up in 2007 after four years in the minors, becoming the second Dodgers position player from Taiwan. But LA had a deep infield, and Hu ended up splitting time between the majors and minors. He joined the Mets in 2011, but his bat continued to be weak. Hu was out-righted and signed a minor league contract with the Indians in January of this year. Two months later he was released. He joined one of the independent leagues.

But Hu may pursue a new career. His father is a golf instructor, and swinging a golf club is much like swinging a baseball bat. Hu already can hit a golf ball over 300 yards and is taking 80 or so swings a day in New Mexico. It seems Hu is already making plans for his post-baseball life.


旅美好手胡金龍,傳出將放棄棒球,轉戰高爾夫的驚人消息,根據胡金龍的友人表示,胡金龍在美國奮鬥近十年,卻苦無發揮舞台,今年三月被印地安人釋出之後,轉往獨立聯盟,由於右眼視力出問題,右手有傷,加上父親是高球教練,胡金龍正在積極練習,力尋職業運動生涯的第二春。

中華隊11月中,將征戰世界棒球經典賽資格賽,教練團積極爭取旅外球員效力同時,卻傳出旅美選手胡金龍,有意轉戰高球場的消息。

03年和道奇球團簽下15萬美金的自由契約,經過四年的小聯盟歷練,07年成為道奇陣中第二名台灣野手,卻因為球隊內野人手充足,在大小聯盟間數度上下,11年加入大都會,打擊仍舊未見起色,遭到球隊讓渡,今年一月和印地安人簽下小聯盟合約,三月底遭釋出,加入獨立聯盟。

胡金龍的父親胡東樟本身就是高球教練,高球揮桿動作又與棒球打擊類似,胡金龍的開球距離有三百碼以上的水準,目前人在新墨西哥州的他,正積極練習,桿數80左右,期待能在職業高壇,闖出另一片天。




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