MLB to Taiwan baseball: Talk to us, not Jeff Fuller
Amid confusion over last week's meeting between a Taiwanese legislator interested in strengthening ties with the Dodgers and the driver with whom Frank McCourt alleges his estranged wife had an affair, Major League Baseball has reminded Taiwanese baseball officials that the league handles international relations.
Taiwan Sen. Justin Chou met last Monday with Jeff Fuller, who was Jamie McCourt’s driver when both worked for the Dodgers. Chou told The Times he was interested in strengthening ties with the Dodgers, welcoming the team to play exhibition games there and suggesting Jamie McCourt could help Taiwanese baseball officials to resolve a game-fixing scandal there.
In a letter sent on Friday -- with a copy to Chou -- Paul Archey, the MLB senior vice president of international relations, described Fuller as "a former Dodger employee purporting to represent the Los Angeles Dodgers." The Times has been unable to reach Fuller.
Mike Sitrick, a spokesman for Jamie McCourt, said he could not explain why Fuller was in Taiwan but said his client had not tried to act on behalf of the Dodgers.
Archey advised that neither Fuller nor Jamie McCourt currently work for the Dodgers and that "the only entity" authorized to discuss exhibition games outside the United States is MLB International.
"No individual club or club employee is authorized to have discussions on these matters," Archey wrote.
He added that questions about the MLB "prohibition on gambling" should be directed to MLB General Counsel Thomas Ostertag.
"No club official or former club official should be speaking on this topic," Archey wrote.
-- Bill Shaikin