Baseball isn’t pretty in Taiwan either

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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)

Rangers hire Julio Rangel as new pitching coach

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The Texas Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach.

Rangel has spent 12 seasons a minor league pitching instructor for the Giants and Indians.

Rangel replaces departing pitching coach Doug Brocail. Under Brocail the Rangers ranked 13th in runs allowed per game in the American League.