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At least 4 more baseball players suspended for gambling

After San Diego Padres utility player Tucupita Marcano was banned for life for betting on baseball, four other players were also suspended for gambling.

MLB said Marcano had placed 387 bets totaling more than $150,000, 231 of which were on major league baseball, including 25 bets on games involving the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team Marcano played in, but in which he did not play.

Additionally, it was revealed that at least four players had been suspended for gambling, including fellow MLB players. Michael KellyStatistically speaking, he is one of the Oakland Athletics’ top relief pitchers. ERA: 2.59 Participated 28 times.

He was found to have placed 10 bets on nine MLB games between Oct. 5 and Oct. 17, 2021, while he was a minor league player. He bet on game results, over/under runs, and individual pitcher strikeouts. He bet $99.22 and won $28.30.

Kelly was suspended for one year for betting on baseball, and his last appearance at Triple-A was in 2023.

“There are more people involved in this than people want to believe.”

Pitcher Michael KellyPhoto credit: Ezra Shaw via Getty Images

Jay Groom San Diego Padres player David is the other player to receive a gambling-related suspension. He was suspended for one year for betting on major league games.

The 25-year-old made 32 MLB-related bets between July 2020 and August 2021, including 24 bets he made while playing for the Boston Red Sox’s High-A affiliate. He bet a total of $453.74, with a net loss of $433.54.

Groome appeared in three games for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in 2024.

Jose Rodriguez of the Philadelphia Phillies was also suspended for one year for betting on MLB games. Rodriguez is a regular starting pitcher for the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate. 38 games in 2024.

Rodriguez made 31 bets — 28 on MLB and three on college baseball — on game results and runs, totaling $749.09.

Pitcher Jay GroomPhoto by Norm Hall via Getty Images

The fourth player to receive a one-year suspension for betting on major league games was Andrew Sahlfrank. The left-handed pitcher last played for the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 29, 2024. Two games This season, he has flourished for the team, appearing in 18 games at Triple-A.

In 2023, he pitched in 21 games during the season and playoffs, and three games in the World Series. He bet on baseball 29 times between September and the end of October 2021. He bet again on March 9, 2022. His bets on baseball totaled $445.87, while he lost $272.64 on MLB bets and won only five times.

MLB said it was tipped off about the gambling activity by a legal sports betting operator and noted that none of the suspended players played in the games on which they were bet and had no inside information about the bets.

MLB reportedly said the information was consistent with what it had received from betting companies.

Pitcher Andrew SaalfrankPhoto by John E. Moore III via Getty Images

“There are more people involved in this than people want to believe,” the baseball analyst said. Gary Sheffield Jr.“If MLB was serious about this issue they would put integrity over money, but money always comes first,” he continued.

“You’d be surprised how often the players caught gambling aren’t even that good. If they’re good enough, the league can eliminate the problem.”

“We may never fully understand the investigation and why valuable players have not been caught,” Sheffield added.

Sheffield said the attempt to boost betting on mid-season games has opened “Pandora’s box,” and the risks of expanding the sport come with drawbacks. The author and podcaster added that it will be a tough road for the suspended players, who will likely lose a year of service time.

How these baseball players (literally) get paid will always be an interesting question, considering most of them don’t make any money.

Marcano won just 4.3% of his MLB-related bets.

That’s incredibly low compared to the payouts made by former NBA player Jontay Porter, who was banned for life by the league in April 2024. He reportedly won $21,965 in winnings, but also allegedly disclosed his health condition to a bettor for gambling purposes. The bettor then placed an $80,000 parlay at an online sportsbook, winning $1.1 million.

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