CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #299
CTBC Brothers News: Emilio Vargas
On October 4, the CPBL issued a permanent ban on CTBC Brothers’ foreign pitcher Emilio Vargas for drug violations under the league’s Prohibited Substance Testing Procedures and Penalties Act.
Shortly after, the CTBC Brothers released a press statement stating that the team had terminated the contract with Emilio Vargas in accordance with the league’s zero-tolerance policy and contractual regulations.
According to the league, on September 4, a routine random drug test conducted back in August revealed that Emilio Vargas had met the WADA testing standards in all aspects, but there was a minor anomaly detected in the THC category.
As a result, the league arranged another drug test on Emilio Vargas on September 28, which was carried out by Taiwan’s CMU hospital testing lab. On October 3, the second test result came back still showing a positive in the THC category, exceeding the standards.
In the statement released by the CTBC Brothers organisation, the team did get Emilio Vargas to undergo another test at the hospital. Although the third test result came back negative, as a matter of principle, the team will follow the league’s zero-tolerance policy and terminate Vargas’ contract.
Emilio Vargas, the 26-year-old Dominican right-hander, finished his 2023 CPBL season with a solid 2.55 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 67 innings. As of today, the Brothers are now left with Jose De Paula, Eric Stout, and Kyle McGowin as their foreign players.
— CPBL STATS 🔮 (@GOCPBL) August 4, 2023
CPBL’s Prohibited Substance Testing Procedures and Penalties Act
Under Article 8, Section 3 of the CPBL’s Prohibited Substance Testing Procedures and Penalties Act, it is stated that anyone who tests positive for drugs in routine tests conducted by the league, domestic or foreign organisations, or foreign judicial authorities will be permanently banned from employment. The drug classifications are based on government regulations.
In the past, there were a few cases which involved players breaching the CPBL’s Prohibited Substance Act. But it is more related to them not finishing serving their suspension in the MLB system.
- CTBC Brothers 2017 – Kyle Simon
- EDA Rhinos 2013 – Runelvys Hernández
- EDA Rhinos 2023 – Jesús Colomé
- Lamigo Monkeys 2013 – Francisco Cruceta
Taiwan’s Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act
In Taiwan’s Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, marijuana is classified as a category-2 narcotic alongside the likes of amphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, and psilocybin.
Under Article 10, Section 2, persons convicted of using category-2 narcotics shall be punished with a maximum three-year fixed-term imprisonment.
In the past few years, there have been plenty of social movements organised by civil societies Green Sensation, calling for decriminalising cannabis use in Taiwan. The most recent public march was held in April 2023 in Taipei City.
On the political front, the cannabis issue has been spearheaded by the Green Party Taiwan. But with the Green Party being a minor political party with no seat in the parliament, it isn’t making much waves despite their efforts.
As of today, Thailand is the only country in Asia that legalises marijuana.
April 20 or 4/20 is a day that’s become a counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana use. The drug is illegal in Taiwan. But local activists are looking to change that. @bingwangtw finds out how. pic.twitter.com/bVk5D9ZcXx
— TaiwanPlus News (@taiwanplusnews) April 20, 2023