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Umpire Pat Hoberg disciplined by MLB over violation of gambling rules

MLB umpire Pat Horberg has been suspended for allegedly violating the league’s gambling rules, The Washington Post’s Jon Heyman has confirmed.

It is unclear what punishment he received, but Hoberg is appealing MLB’s decision.

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MLB said it found no evidence that Horberg’s games were tampered with.

Umpire Pat Hoberg (number 31) looks on as a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies player Kyle Schwarber (number 12) in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 2 of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on October 29, 2022. Getty Images

“During spring training this year, Major League Baseball opened an investigation into possible violations of MLB’s sports betting policy by umpire Pat Horberg,” MLB said in a statement to The Athletic. “Mr. Horberg was removed from the field while the investigation was ongoing. Although MLB’s investigation did not find evidence that games in which Mr. Horberg officiated were in any way compromised or manipulated, MLB has determined that disciplinary action is warranted.”

“Mr. Horberg has elected to appeal that decision, and therefore will be unable to comment further until the appeal process has concluded.”

Horberg, 37, made his MLB debut in 2014 and called at least one playoff series from 2018-2022, including the World Series the latter year.

This is an ongoing story.