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Report: Dodgers To Sign Taiwanese Pitcher Who Was Banned For Game-Fixing

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are close to signing 33-year-old pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract. You may remember Tsao from his days as a top prospect in the Rockies' organization (lol, sure), but what he's most famous for is getting banned from baseball in Taiwan amidst allegations of throwing games.

Tsao was banned by the CPBL following the 2009 season, when an investigation into rampant game-fixing in the league revealed that he had accepted "unsuitable benefits" from a gambling ring led by a gangster known as "Windshield Wiper." And what exactly were those unsuitable benefits? Sex, mostly (via China Post):

The 33-year-old had accepted "unsuitable benefits," including sex, from gamblers and had agreed to throw two CPBL games, CPBL deputy secretary-general Wang Hui-min (王惠明) told local media.


Eventually, prosecutors decided not to officially charge Tsao with any crimes, in part because one of the games he allegedly agreed to fix ended up getting rained out. Still, the evidence against Tsao was enough to get him banned from the CPBL and also blocked from joining the Australian professional baseball league earlier this month.

h/t Jim

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