|Chin-hui Tsao attempted to pitch in the Australian Baseball League with Adelaide a few weeks ago, but his past transgressions didn't allow him to participate in the ABL (photo source: LINKED HERE )|
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Chin-hui Tsao Should Have to Be Vetted by MLB Before Reinstatement
There was interesting news reported yesterday that the Dodgers are attempting to reach an agreement with right handed reliever Chin-hui Tsao, who has been out of MLB for over five years. Reports are that Tsao is throwing his fastball in the mid-90s, at the ripe old age of 34. Those excited about the proposed signing should probably hold back their enthusiasm.
Tsao was suspended for life from the Taiwan Baseball League (CPBL) for match fixing and accepting bribes from gamblers. Never convicted, nonetheless, Tsao received the permanent ban in Kennisaw Landis fashion from the CPBL. He has languished outside of organized baseball ever since.
Suspended after the CPBL Championship Series, in which he was the losing pitcher of the 7th game of the series. Allegations claim he was engaged in accepting unsuitable benefits from gamblers in August of that very season. Later after being suspended by the CPBL, Tsao ran into hot water in 2013 in an embezzlement scheme with his restaurant, an allegation made public by his estranged girlfriend in litigation that has not yet been resolved.
Tsao attempted to make a comeback in the Australian Baseball League last year, but the ABL decided to suspend him as well after meeting with CPBL officials who presented their evidence for the lifetime ban. All the facts of the case have not been made public, but they must be rather severe for such harsh decisions to be made.
If Tsao is reinstated and allowed to play Major League Baseball, the decision would be rather unprecedented. First, because MLB would risk it's friendly relationship with the CPBL, which is something MLB has been cultivating for years. Second, because MLB has NEVER tolerated even the hint of players associated with gambling.
If by some miracle Tsao is allowed in, watch for Pete Rose to speak openly about it. Reality is that Rose will probably be Tsao's greatest fan for reinstatement as it would most likely open the door for him as well.
I honestly don't see this happening, but who knows? Maybe Bud Selig's replacement, Ron Manfred, will opine on the side of leniency.