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Taiwan's Tsao Chin-hui joins Australian Baseball League

2014/12/03 14:48:36

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) Tsao Chin-hui, a former American Major League Baseball (MLB) player from Taiwan, has signed to play for the Adelaide Bite in Australian Major League (ABL) tournaments, marking his return to formal games in which he has not played for five years.

Adelaide Bite Manager Brooke Knight said in a Nov. 26 news release that he is looking forward to Tsao's arrival.

"We are excited to have Tsao on board," Knight said. "He will make a positive impact right away. He will play a strong role in our quest for an ABL Championship."

Tsao, who has played for the MLB's Colorado Rockies and LA Dodgers, will start his new contract in Australia by playing in the remainder of the 2014/15 ABL season, according to the Bite.

The 33-year-old was the first Taiwanese pitcher to be signed to an MLB team after being picked up by the Colorado Rockies in 1999. He made his debut as a starter for the Rockies in 2003 and in his first outing as a starter, he picked up a win.

Tsao has also represented Taiwan at many international tournaments, including the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Tsao's ERA over the two tournaments reached 1.93.

The Hualien County-born athlete joined Taiwan's Professional Baseball League team, the Elephant Brothers (now known as Chinatrust Brothers), in 2009. However, in the same year he was involved in a match-fixing scandal, which led to his being permanently expelled from the league, although he was never charged with any offenses.

The Bite glossed over the corruption allegations and did not mention the expulsion, saying instead that Tsao had "retired," partly as a result of injury.

(By Lin Hung-han and Elizabeth Hsu)
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