Wednesday, March 25, 2015
I still think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Cosart’s troubles started last night with a gambling expert on Twitter alleging he’d direct messaged a colleague asking for betting advice. Cosart later deleted his own account as tweets piled up accusing him of gambling and speculating whether he’d ever bet on baseball, which would be a serious violation of the game’s rules.
Before jumping into the tale, it’s worth noting: The entire firestorm stems from essentially anonymous Tweets from so-called gambling experts on Twitter. In other words, these are not the most reliable or transparent sources on the Internet. So take every allegation with a Marlins Park-sized grain of salt.
The claims originated with a Twitter user named @GhostFadeKillah, who Tweets regular betting advice (and, it’s worth noting, includes among his activities “also troll a bit here and there.”) New Times has messaged @GhostFadeKillah for more background on the story, but we haven’t heard back yet.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Mike Schmidt and Paul Molitor watched an exhibition game Monday from opposite dugouts here at the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training camp. Historically, they belong to the same team, as Hall of Famers with plaques in Cooperstown, N.Y. But on an issue that divides so many in baseball, Schmidt and Molitor disagree.
Pete Rose, the career hits leader, has applied for reinstatement to Major League Baseball, which barred him for life in 1989 for gambling on games played by the Cincinnati Reds, the team he was managing. Rose’s request will be reviewed by the new commissioner, Rob Manfred, who succeeded Bud Selig in January.
Selig never ruled on the Rose case, effectively upholding the agreement Rose had signed under Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who died of a heart attack eight days later. Fay Vincent, who served between Giamatti and Selig, believes Manfred will not bring Rose back.
“I really don’t think it’s very difficult at all, and I don’t think Manfred is going to think of it as very difficult,” Vincent said in a telephone interview. “He’s going to think of it only in baseball terms.”
Monday, March 23, 2015
Pete’s real crime? That haircut.
It was fairly common knowledge back then that Giamatti was open to a suspension for Rose if the Reds manager would admit to gambling on baseball and enter treatment for his gambling addiction.
Yet, according to Dowd, it went further than that. Dowd now says he and Giamatti worked with federal prosecutors and even the FBI to work out a deal that any pending charges for tax evasion against Rose would be dropped if he came clean.
In addition, FBI agents worked behind the scenes to ensure that Rose’s gambling debts with the New Jersey loan sharks and bookies that numbered in the hundreds of thousands would be forgiven, Dowd now says.
Got all that? If you believe Dowd, Rose’s real crime wasn’t the gambling; it’s that he wouldn’t accept a plea bargain.
Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways. You cannot, as an investigator or Commissioner or whomever, argue that a crime is so terrible that the ultimate punishment is absolutely necessary, then argue in the next breath that simply admitting the crime would justify a significantly lesser punishment.
Monday, March 16, 2015
What are the odds?
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he has received a formal request from Pete Rose asking that his lifetime ban be lifted and that he will consider the all-time hits leader’s request “on its merits.”
“I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti’s decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached,” Manfred said after a meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers players in Arizona on Monday morning. “I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision once I’ve done that.”
Rose’s previous efforts to gain leniency from commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig were never considered.
Friday, February 06, 2015
New commissioner Rob Manfred says it’s time for Major League Baseball to give “fresh consideration” to an issue it has shunned for decades—legalized sports betting.
“Gambling in terms of our society has changed its presence on legalization,” Manfred said Thursday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” “and I think it’s important for there to be a conversation between me and the owners about what our institutional position will be.”
For decades, baseball’s position on sports betting has been one of utter disdain. Manfred’s comments were tempered—especially compared to NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s call for federal legalization—but represent a dramatic shift from MLB’s longstanding staunch opposition.
Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 45 comment(s)
After 25 years of ineligibility, Pete Rose could see his name on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in the near future.
MLB’s new commissioner Rob Manfred might be willing to open the the door for possible reinstatement of Rose, who was banned from baseball in 1989.
“I have heard from his lawyer, and I do anticipate having a conversation about that,” Manfred told ESPN Radio on Thursday.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
No way I can see MLB coming around on gambling. I give it 50-1 odds.
Silver believes in the potential benefits of legalized sports gambling so much that he’s willing to do what it takes to convince his counterparts in other American sports leagues that he’s right. In an interview with David Purdum for ESPN the Magazine, Silver explains what he’s doing to reach out to other commissioners:
“I have talked to the commissioners in the other leagues about [legalizing sports betting],” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an exclusive interview with ESPN The Magazine in late January at the league’s Manhattan office. “I leave it to them to make any public statements they want to make on it. I will say that certainly all of them are interested in having a better understanding of the issue, and I know have assigned people in their organizations to study intensively the issue as well.”
In addition to the conversations between the commissioners, there have been other private meetings between counsel for the leagues to discuss the pros and cons of legalization, multiple sources with direct knowledge told ESPN. [...]
The other major professional sports leagues are not on the same page. The NFL says its opposition to legalized sports betting has not changed. Major League Baseball, while transitioning to new commissioner Rob Manfred, declined comment. The NHL’s Gary Bettman has been the only commissioner to speak out since Silver’s op-ed.
“I think there needs some attention to be paid to what sport is going to represent to young people,” Bettman said in an interview with CNN. “Should it be viewed in the competitive team-oriented sense that it is now, or does it become a vehicle for betting, which may in effect change the atmosphere in the stadiums and in the arenas?” [...]
“It’s my personal view that there should be federal legislation on this issue, in part to avoid what is happening now,” Silver said. “My greatest concern is that there will be in essence a hodgepodge of regulations controlling sports betting that will vary from state to state, jurisdiction to jurisdiction and will make it increasingly difficult to monitor betting on our very own sport.”
Posted: February 04, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Is that Tsao?
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are close to signing 33-year-old pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract. You may remember Tsao from his days as a top prospect in the Rockies’ organization (lol, sure), but what he’s most famous for is getting banned from baseball in Taiwan amidst allegations of throwing games.
Tsao was banned by the CPBL following the 2009 season, when an investigation into rampant game-fixing in the league revealed that he had accepted “unsuitable benefits” from a gambling ring led by a gangster known as “Windshield Wiper.” And what exactly were those unsuitable benefits? Sex, mostly.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Tout n’est pas bien, or “There’s Money in Them Spreadsheets!”
Adam Meyer, a nationally known sports betting tout, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges he used fraud and threats to scam $25 million from a Fond du Lac area man, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
As a sports tout, Meyer charges up to $250,000 to provide gamblers with his predictions on the outcome of major college and professional sports including football, basketball and baseball, the indictment states. Meyer owns Real Money Sports Inc. and claims to employ more than 130 sports experts, including ex-players and a 60% winning percentage.
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