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Baseball isn’t pretty in Taiwan either

Nov 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

Taiwan

There is crime in Venezuela, but there is more overarching corruption in Taiwain. That according to this report in the Taiwan News, following up on the recent visit by the MLB All-Star team:

Since pro-ball began in Taiwan in 1990, there have been five game-fixing scandals, four of them in the last seven years. With each one seemingly more lurid than the last, attendances have plummeted from an average 7,000 fans a game in the late 1990s to a few thousand today. Accounts of the scandals read like the plot of a Hollywood gangster movie. For players who were resistant to being bought off with money, cars, drugs or prostitutes, things got very ugly, very fast.

Experts quoted in the article think that the MLB All-Star tour may have actually been counterproductive inasmuch as is shined a light on just how bad the native product is.  So, well, you’re welcome Taiwan.

(via BTF)

  1. Kyle - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Will there be good news ever again?

    • El Bravo - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      It just snowed a bit here in Chicago, so no, not until Spring at the earliest…:’-(

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        I hear you Bravo. It just snowed here in Indy as well. In fact, it actually started slowly and got surprisingly heavy for a bit.

    • detroitfanatic - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      The good news is none of the players were kidnapped, or raped by coach Sandusky, while JoePa watched in enjoyment only worrying about his legacy. I think it very good news that only children at risk, and not children not at risk, were anally raped in Penn States locker room while the higher ups at PSU worried about the universitys reputation. I think it is good news that JoePa and the Administrators care so much for their school, that not even children’s virgin anus’ get in the way of wins and booster money. Good news is everywhere.

  2. Detroit Michael - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    “… attendances have plummeted from an average 7,000 fans a game in the late 1990s to a few thousand today.” That’s kind of vague. Can’t seven thousand be loosely called “a few” thousand? It makes one wonder whether there is any substantial drop in attendance.

    One of my children lived in Taiwan a few years back when Wang was in his heyday with the Yankees and he was a huge media star there. At one time, the MLBPA said he was the world’s most popular baseball player — I don’t recall what metric they were using to measure that. In other words, there is a love of baseball in Taiwan that is really being squandered now.

    • Bryz - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      “A few thousand” to me reads as 2,000-4,000 a game.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Even the Marlins get more attendance than that!

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Come on! Everyone knows…..couple = 2….few = 3. So…a few thousand = 3,000.
        Cut and dried right? LOL!

      • Bryz - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:35 PM

        @stlouis1baseball: Yes, you’re right. It’s just that I allow for some leeway, which is why I say 2,000-4,000 instead of just saying 3,000.

  3. Topher - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    China has just issued a statement demanding that flag be withdrawn. Additionally they are asking for an apology and financial compensation for the insult.

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