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CPBL helped foil game-fixing proposal during Asia Series: official

2013/11/23 20:04:55

Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) said Saturday that it helped to prevent an attempt at match-fixing in the Asia baseball series after it was alerted that one player had been offered money to throw a game.

CPBL President Huang Cheng-tai said that the league was alerted by the Canberra Cavalry, an Australian team in the just-concluded tournament, and helped the team deal with the matter.

"The CPBL also took the initiative to inquire whether other teams had run into similar trouble," Huang said.

He was responding to a report in Australia's Canberra Times earlier in the day, which said Cavalry catcher Matt Blazynski alleged that he was offered US$30,000 to convince his teammates to throw the Nov. 17 semi-final game against the Samsung Lions of South Korea.

In the newspaper report, Blazynski said he was approached at a bar in Taichung on the eve of the game, but he did not name the person who allegedly made the proposal to him.

Blazynski referred the matter to Cavalry's coaching staff, who passed it up the chain, and it eventually led to the Asia Series administration contacting the police, the report said.

"I can't comment because there's an ongoing investigation," Cavalry general manager Thom Carter was quoted as saying in the report.

Blazynski was questioned by police Nov. 18, prior to the semi-final game.

Given that the South Korean league is one of the best in the world, the Lions were expected to beat the Cavalry and advance to the final. But the Cavalry won the game 9-5 in extra innings to advance to the final against Taiwan's Uni-President Lions and won that game 14-4 on Nov. 20.

While the amount offered does not seem like much, it is almost as much as the entire Canberra team's payroll of US$47,000 over the course of the Australian Baseball League season, the report said.

The Asia Series usually brings together the winners of the national baseball leagues of Japan, South Korea, China and Australia.

China, however, withdrew from this year's series and was replaced by Unipol Fortitudo Bologna of Italy.

(By Lee yu-cheng and Lilian Wu)
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