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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Orioles pulled off an astronomical upset over the Astros

The Houston Astros are a very good baseball team. The Baltimore Orioles are ... not a very good baseball team.

Still, over the course of a 162-game season, every blind squirrel finds an acorn. And even the Orioles (39-78) can beat the Astros (77-41). Sunday’s comeback win by the Orioles marked one of the biggest upsets in MLB history

According to ESPN, the Orioles were listed as +420 underdogs by some sportsbooks. Some of it might have had to do with Houston’s 23-3 rout on Saturday and the fact that ace Justin Verlander was starting for the Astros.

The next sound you hear is that of a group of bookies trying to welsh on their debts.


QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds, orioles

Friday, May 10, 2019

Baseball broadcasts might feature in-game sports betting much sooner than you think

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning and the New York Mets are clinging to the thinnest of leads. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Edwin Diaz has loaded the bases. With the game on the line, he readies for the next pitch. As he gets into his windup, a graphic pops up in the middle of your television screen.

“Will Edwin Diaz throw a strike on this pitch? Yes: -120. No: +100.”

A second after Diaz throws the pitch — a strike — another graphic pops up.

“How will this at-bat end? Out: 2/1. Strikeout: 5/1. Single 8/1. Home run 14/1.”

Somewhere, Sport Sullivan is kicking himself….


QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, broadcasts, gambling

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Minor League Baseball worried low pay will increase chance of gambling scandal

Major League Baseball’s partnership with MGM Resorts could have drastic — and potentially unforeseen — implications on Minor League Baseball. President of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner didn’t want to use the term “scandal,” but expressed concern over the impact gambling on games could have in the minors.

O’Conner told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald the low pay of minor leaguers makes it far more likely they’ll be successful targets for corruption.

“Without safeguards, I would say it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ at some level,” said O’Conner about a baseball-betting transgression occurring. “Now, it may be local and small enough that it never rises to the level of a ‘scandal’ but think about this: You’re in A-ball, and you got a nice bonus but you’re making $2,000 a month, and a guy comes to you and says, ‘Hey kid, just the first pitch — throw the first pitch outside, that’s all you need to do. You’re going to throw a hundred more pitches before the night’s out, just make sure the first one’s outside.’

Sadly, if the NBA means anything, there’s a good chance that major matches will be fixed and that no one will give a care….


QLE Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, gambling, milb, minor leaguers

Monday, March 11, 2019

Banjo Hitter: PECOTA vs. Vegas 2019 - Baseball Prospectus

Pecota vs. Bovada.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2019 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Betting on baseball has finally outgrown Pete Rose

Not even halfway into his argument against Major League Baseball striking a deal with MGM Resorts on a gambling partnership, it sounds like Pete Rose is already thinking of ways to game the system.

“You’re telling me the managers have to submit their lineups to the league office so the casino can set the lines on the games?” Rose told the New York Daily News. “What happens if right before game time your starting pitcher has a cramp and has to be scratched? Is the manager gonna get blamed for that ... for screwing up the line?”

The more baseball embraces gambling, the more we’re going to hear from Pete Rose. Never mind that Rose spends a large chunk of his time signing autographs in Las Vegas just a walk away from any sportsbook, for a certain generations of fans he’ll be on the forefront of their minds every time they place a bet from their phones and walk into a ballpark. It’s a short-term side effect to MLB’s long-term plan to grow the game.

Pete Rose acting like a perpetual sociopath and reprobate? What are the odds?


QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 05:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, las vegas, pete rose

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Baseball Cop - Eddie Dominquez exposes trafficking, theft, fraud, and gambling in the major leagues

“Details the shocking revelations [Dominguez] discovered as a Resident Security Agent for the Red Sox and as a member of baseball’s Department of Investigations—gambling, age and identity fraud, human trafficking, doping, domestic violence and disturbing cover-ups at the top of baseball’s hierarchy.”―New York Daily News

Lineups will go to commissioner’s office first before being made public

Peter Gammons reports that, per MLB’s gambling deal with MGM Resorts International, each team’s lineup will first have to go to the commissioner’s office rather than the team’s own public relations office or to the media. MLB and MGM announced a partnership back in November. This development is presumably so MGM can set lines before everyone else gets access to the lineups. In the past, lineups have typically been posted a few hours before game time and sent out on social media by beat writers and/or the team.

According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, lineups must be submitted to MLB for review at least 15 minutes before being released to the press and public. The league is citing integrity as the reasoning for that. In a statement, the league said, “We are updating a number of our procedures to reduce integrity risks associated with the expansion of sports betting in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling last May. One new procedure is that we now ask clubs to submit starting lineups in a uniform fashion in order to reduce the risk of confidential information being ‘tipped.’”

This reeks of a disaster in the making, doesn’t it?


QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 03:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner's office, gambling, lineups

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

NGC declines MLB’s request to prohibit betting on spring training games

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has declined Major League Baseball’s request to prohibit betting on spring training games.

The league had recently submitted a written request to the NGC asking that spring training games be taken off the board at the state’s regulated sportsbooks.

In declining MLB’s request, the NGC wrote, “Based on our history and experience in regulating sports wagering, we are not inclined to prohibit our licensed sports books from taking wagers on MLB Spring Training games. We have a common goal to combat sports bribery and maintain the integrity of your sport, and are available to discuss ways we can work together in this effort.”

Major League Baseball said spring training games carried “heightened integrity risks,” in part because players are not expected to give maximum effort, and that the expansion of sports betting beyond Nevada exacerbates that risk.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2019 at 01:10 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling




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