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A spy scandal at the World Baseball Classic!

Feb 20, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT


Via Deadspin, here’s a report of WBC espionage from Taiwan:

According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), the South Korean governing body of pro baseball, four Taiwanese advance scouts posed as umpire trainees to gain entrance to a practice game at Dou Liou Stadium between the South Korean national team and a South Korea pro club, the NC Dinos.

They basically just showed up dressed as umpires, got into the park and started timing pitchers and things with the idea of giving Taiwan an edge in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Taiwan apologized and denied any official involvement, leaving their spies out in the cold. No word if the cyanide capsules in the spies molars malfunctioned or if the spies simply lost their nerve.

  1. edgarallan926 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Isn’t this the same KBO that banned the Orioles for unethical behavior?? Um, OK

    • DJ MC - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Yeah, they seem to attract a lot of questionable activity.

  2. echech88 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Somewhere Morosi is rolling on the floor in joy at the thought of people caring this much about the WBC.

  3. amartland - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I’d really like to think that “four Taiwanese advance scouts” is a mistranslation for “Jose Canseco”, and he was really just looking for a tryout

  4. heyblueyoustink - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Earlier I sent a spy to Champion Stadium to observe and confirm a collective outfield of immense potential with underwhelming results. Apparently, this potential/underwhelming results conundrum has been the trademark of this organization for decades.

  5. tc4306 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Beware the Canadian team getting opposition signals from “the man in white.”

  6. papacrick - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Somewhere Bill Belichick is smiling

  7. hushbrother - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    No surprise considering Taiwan was for decades cheating in the Little League World Series. Unfortunately for them the WBC isn’t played by 12-year-olds and they can’t send 14- and 15-year-olds to play in it.

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