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Second baseball player implicated in match-fixing scandal

All News 09:30 July 21, 2016

CHANGWON, South Korea, July 21 (Yonhap) -- A second South Korean baseball player has been implicated in a widening match-fixing scandal.

Prosecutors in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, some 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, said Thursday that outfielder Moon Woo-ram is under investigation for his alleged involvement in match-fixing schemes. Moon is under contract with the Nexen Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) but the 24-year-old is currently doing his mandatory military service with Sangmu in the Futures League, the KBO's equivalent of the minors.

Changwon officials said they've handed over the case to the military prosecution.

On Wednesday, Changwon prosecutors said KBO pitcher Lee Tae-yang of the NC Dinos was under investigation over allegations that he'd received cash from a gambling broker to fix games.

They will brief the media on their investigation later Thursday.

Lee and Moon joined the Heroes together in 2011 -- Lee as a second-round draft pick and Moon as a walk-on. Lee made his KBO debut in 2011 and joined the Dinos in an expansion draft before their inaugural season in 2013. Moon played his first KBO game in 2012.

Moon was batting .287 with a home run and 19 RBIs in 58 games for Sangmu this season.

Lee won a career-high 10 games last year and has gone 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 10 appearances this season. The Dinos took him off their active roster on June 28, citing elbow pain, but admitted on Wednesday they made the move to cooperate with the prosecutors' investigation.

The Dinos issued an apology Wednesday and said they've asked the KBO to authorize the termination of Lee's contract and to place him on the "disqualified" list.

Once a player is on that list, he is banned from playing in the KBO and also in the United States, Japan and Taiwan, under the terms of the KBO's agreements with professional leagues there.

The KBO is about four years removed from its first match-fixing scandal. Park Hyun-joon and Kim Sung-hyun, then pitchers for the LG Twins, received suspended jail terms and fines for their roles in fixing, and the KBO slapped them with lifetime bans.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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