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Australian league suspends recruitment of Chin-hui Tsao

2014/12/08 23:13:18

Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) The Australian Baseball League (ABL) has prohibited the Adelaide Bite from recruiting Taiwanese pitcher Chin-hui Tsao because of appeals from Taiwan's professional baseball league, dealing a major blow to Tsao's ambitions to return to the mound.

The Australian league's decision to bar him from playing was relayed to Tsao on Dec. 6, shortly after he had arrived from Taiwan, according to a report in the Adelaide-based Courier Mail newspaper.

The decision came after a series of talks with representatives of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), following Tsao's announcement on Dec. 3 that he would be pitching for the Adelaide Bite.

Tsao was given a lifetime ban by the CPBL after being accused of match fixing and accepting inappropriate bribes from gamblers and gangsters during his single season playing professionally in Taiwan in 2009.

Although the allegations never resulted in indictments, Tsao was disgraced, and the CPBL, which has long been plagued by game-fixing and gambling scandals, seems determined to prevent Tsao from getting another opportunity to play baseball professionally.

Bite general manager Nathan Davison expressed his regret at the decision.

"I'm disappointed we can't have a pitcher the quality of Tsao on our roster," Davison was quoted as saying by the paper.

"I do fully understand the stance of the league and the importance of our relationship with international competitions like the CPBL," he said.

The 33-year-old Tsao was the first Taiwanese baseball player to pitch in the major leagues. He started his career with the Colorado Rockies in 2003 and later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His career in the United States was derailed, however, by injuries, and Tsao returned to Taiwan amid great fanfare in 2009 to pitch for the Brother Elephants.

(By Lin Hung-han and Ted Chen)
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