Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Grant Brisbee’s annual Vegas over/under column.
This is a tradition around these parts. Every year, SB Nation gives you a fake $100 bill and asks you to make a fake baseball bet. Welcome to the 2016 over-under bets. Your job is to pick the one team that will win more or less than the total set by a bookmaker.
This used to be a fun, whimsical tradition. In 2013, our combined bets led to a profit of $290, or 45¢ per person. In 2014, our combined bets led to a profit of $56,535, or $16.50 per person. This led to the joking idea last year that we should create a mutual fund of baseball gambling, quietly socking a few hundred dollars away every year instead using a boring ol’ 401(k).
In 2015, our combined bets led to a profit of $36,780, or $10.99 per person. That’s a nice profit, alright. As long as we start playing with millions instead of hundreds, an 11 percent return would be the darling of the investment world. If you’ll give me your email address, a representative will be in touch. It’s time to monetize this.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 18, 1916:
WORLD’S SERIES ARE PROOF OF BASEBALL CLEANLINESS
At the National League banquet Dudley Field Malone made the statement that in baseball honesty ruled the field of play; that proof of this could be found in the last world series, where the championship was closed out in five games and where over $100,000 was turned back to ticket holders.
Well, all I can say to that is “Stay tuned.”
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Say it ain’t you, Yu.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is under investigation by MLB for his possible role in an illegal gambling ring run by his brother Sho, The Japan Times reported Tuesday.
Sho Darvish was arrested in October after being accused by authorities of placing bets on American and Japanese sports. He and seven others were accused of taking 18.5 million yen, or $150,000, worth of bets based on the scores of 16 MLB games and 28 Japanese professional baseball games from May 12-18. It’s not known if any of the games involved the Rangers.
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“We are aware of this situation and are looking into it, per our standard protocols,” MLB’s vice president for communications Michael Teevan told The Japan Times.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
This is the closer known as “The Final Boss.”
Korean-born free agent closer Seung-hwan Oh is under investigation for gambling by Korean authorities, according to multiple news outlets in Korea.
Fresh off two years in Japan’s NPB, in which he averaged 40 saves per season for the Hanshin Tigers, Oh has been hoping to make the leap into Major League Baseball at age 33. In 646.1 innings, Oh owns a career 1.81 ERA with a 10.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9.
Oh’s name was implicated in foreign-gambling during an investigation of his former teammate Chang-yong Lim of the KBO’s Samsung Lions. Ahead of the KBO’s championship series in October, the team suspended three players following claims of overseas gambling, including Lim. Without these three players, the Samsung Lions went on to lose the Korean Series to the Doosan Bears.
According to testimony, Lim utilized a relationship with a local gang member to secure VIP gambling experiences in Macau, Phillipines.
It is not clear that any concrete evidence has linked Oh to the gambling operation, although news of Oh’s possible involvement arose only after prosecutors at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office reportedly secured a list of people who frequented the casinos in Macau.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
It’s a good thing the lottery isn’t gambling because New York would be in trouble.
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