Dear z,ben,Andrea,and someone may be interested in,
I don't know much about MLB history.I know they have 1919 Black Sox Scandal which z mention,but i am not sure about the similarity.I can tell you guys about Taiwan pro baseball history.
My favorite team name is "China Times Eagles Baseball Team" which doesn't exist anymore
Our pro baseball call "Chinese Professional Baseball League,CPBL"
The first year began in 1990,Now,it's 17th
We have only one league and 6 teams in current CPBL.
My favorite team got involved in the big Scandal in 1997,including other two teams as well.There are about 50 players in this Scandal and 23 among those 50 players were sentenced to from 7 months to one year and 10 months prison term.All 23 players got probation.
First of all,I think I need to give you guys some number to understand Taiwan:
1 New York State=3.87 Taiwan
There are about 2.6 ten million people in this small island
In 1997 which was 7th CPBL and the scandal happened,1 ten million people went to see CPBL games.
The numbers I mention above can give you guys idea why this scandal happened.Chinese people like gamble,especially gangsters.Gangsters gamble heavily on everything.Of course,they couldn't miss CPBL which had a lot of audiences at that moment.Because gangsters put down so much money on the outcome of the game,they want to control the outcome.Gangsters use their power and money to control players and try to get the results they like.Because players can't get a lot of salary unlike MLB,some players couldn't say No to gangsters.In 1997,Taiwanese policemen found out this and started investigating this scandal.This event effect our pro Taiwanese baseball league a lot and couldn't recover since then.After 1997,I don't pay attention on baseball until I become Yankees fan few years ago.
I check some number on Taiwanese website and try to describe what happened in that event on top of my head.Hopefully,I answer you guys question.Feel free to ask more what you want to know if you guys are interested in this small island country.