November 30, 2009
The start of the Taiwanese game-fixing scandal story may have gotten lost in the New York-Philadelphia World Series hype, but the fan outrage is still burning half a world away. On Sunday, an estimated 1,000 fans marched through the streets of Tapei to demand that their government take action against the gangsters who allegedly fixed games this season.
From the Straits Times:
"Demonstrators chanted 'Save the national sport!' as they marched through the capital and demanded severe punishment against the gangs who have coerced professional baseballers into allegedly fixing games.
"Four bookies have been detained and more than 13 players questioned in the latest in a string of scandals to hit the sport in Taiwan.
"The Brother Elephants, Taiwan's most popular professional baseball team, last month sacked two players after they confessed to prosecutors to taking money from a gambling ring."
The girl to the right here is holding a sign that says "Just love baseball" — at least that's what the Getty caption says — and I think it's fascinating to see this kind of outpouring in a baseball-mad country. I can't imagine that too many Stewies were around for the 1919 Black Sox scandal, so to see a similar story evolve in our time, albeit in a different country, has been interesting to follow.
In other Taiwanese baseball news, MLBers Chien-Ming Wang(notes), Fu-Te Ni(notes) and Hong-Chih Kuo(notes) just starred in a fashion show to raise money for last summer's typhoon victims. Looking good, guys.