June 13, 2024

Tucupita Marcano gets lifetime MLB ban for betting on baseball

Major League Baseball has completely banned Tucupita Marcano after figuring out that the infielder positioned tons of of bets on baseball, together with wagers on video games involving the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was with the crew final season.

MLB stated Tuesday that Marcano positioned 387 baseball bets totaling greater than $150,000 in October 2022 and from final July by means of November with a authorized sportsbook. He turned the primary lively participant in a century banned for life due to playing.

Marcano seems to be the primary lively main leaguer banned below the game’s playing provision since New York Giants outfielder Jimmy O’Connell in 1924. Pete Rose, baseball’s lively profession hits chief, famously agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an investigation concluded he wager on Cincinnati Reds video games whereas managing the crew.

“The strict enforcement of Major League Baseball’s rules and policies governing gambling conduct is a critical component of upholding our most important priority: protecting the integrity of our games for the fans,” commissioner Rob Manfred stated in a press release. “The longstanding prohibition against betting on Major League Baseball games by those in the sport has been a bedrock principle for over a century. We have been clear that the privilege of playing in baseball comes with a responsibility to refrain from engaging in certain types of behavior that are legal for other people.”

Marcano, at the moment a member of the San Diego Padres, was discovered to have positioned 231 MLB-related bets, together with 25 that MLB says included wagers on Pirates video games whereas he was on the crew’s main league roster. However, he didn’t seem in any of these video games as a result of he was on the injured listing following a season-ending knee harm. He was receiving medical remedy at PNC Park throughout that point.

“We are extremely disappointed of Tucupita’s actions and are fully supportive of Major League Baseball’s ruling,” the Pirates stated Tuesday in a press release. “The Pirates, along with MLB, Players Association, and every Club, work to ensure all involved within our game are aware of the rules and policies around gambling. While the thorough investigation revealed no evidence of any games being compromised, influenced, or manipulated in any way in this case, protecting the integrity of our game is paramount.”

Marcano wager virtually solely on the outcomes of video games and misplaced all of his parlay bets involving the Pirates, successful simply 4.3% of all of his MLB-related bets, based on the league.

MLB Rule 21, posted in each clubhouse, states betting on any baseball recreation through which a participant, umpire, league official or crew worker has no responsibility to carry out ends in a one-year suspension. Betting on a recreation through which the individual has an obligation to carry out ends in a lifetime ban.

“We cannot comment on violations that occurred outside of our organization,” the Padres stated in a press release. “We fully support MLB’s sports betting policy and the need to adhere to all provisions of Rule 21. We will continue to educate all members of our organization regarding their obligations under the policy.”

New San Diego supervisor Mike Shildt and many of the present Padres by no means shared a dugout with Marcano, solely assembly him at spring coaching.

“I got to know him as a person, and I think the person is a really good one,” Shildt stated Tuesday earlier than the Padres confronted the Los Angeles Angels.

“Clearly it’s something that rightfully baseball takes very seriously, as they should. There’s always consequences to your actions. But in my understanding and my personal relationship with him, which is very limited, he’s a fine young man. We make mistakes in life, and I don’t think he’s running from it. He’s clearly going to be punished for it. I just hope it doesn’t interrupt his life, because again, in talking to him, he’s a good guy, and we all make mistakes. … He doesn’t need to be labeled or anything for one mistake.”

One different massive leaguer, Oakland Athletics pitcher Michael Kelly, was declared ineligible for one 12 months on Tuesday for betting on baseball whereas he was within the minor leagues. Additionally, minor leaguers Jay Groome of San Diego, Jose Rodriguez of Philadelphia and Andrew Saalfrank of Arizona have been banned for one 12 months for betting on main league video games.

MLB stated it was tipped off concerning the betting exercise by a authorized sports activities betting operator. None of the gamers punished performed in any video games on which they wagered, and all gamers denied to MLB that they had inside info related to their bets or the video games they wager on — testimonies that MLB says align with the info acquired from the sportsbook.

Marcano turned the second North American athlete banned for playing in latest months. The NBA gave Toronto’s Jontay Porter a lifetime ban in April after concluding he disclosed confidential info to bettors and wagered on video games, together with on the Raptors to lose.

The different 4 gamers didn’t wager on video games involving their assigned groups.

Kelly positioned 10 bets on 9 main league video games from Oct. 5-17, 2021, whereas a minor league participant assigned to Houston’s Triple-A Sugar Land farm crew. The bets included wagers on outcomes, over/below on runs and a person pitcher’s strikeout whole. Three of the 9 video games concerned the main league Astros. His wagers totaled $99.22 and resulted in $28.30 of winnings.

Kelly, 31, was 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 28 video games this season, final pitching Saturday at Atlanta. The former first-round draft decide appeared in 46 video games over the previous three seasons.

Oakland supervisor Mark Kotsay stated he “wished Michael the best” in a quick dialog.

“There’s an opportunity, with the year that he had, for Michael to have that chance, pitch in the big leagues (again),” Kotsay added. “We’ll have to see what happens when that decision needs to be made, when he has the opportunity to come off of a suspension. I do believe in people being given a second chance.”

Groome, a 25-year-old who had been on a minor league injured listing since mid-April, positioned 32 MLB-related bets from July 22, 2020, by means of July 24, 2021, together with 24 on the Boston Red Sox main league crew whereas he was assigned to Boston’s High-A crew in Greenville, South Carolina. The sport detailed he wagered $453.74 on 30 MLB video games and had a internet lack of $433.54, receiving payouts on solely two wagers. His betting included parlays.

Rodríguez, 23, has been at Double-A Reading this season. He positioned 31 bets on baseball on Sept. 30, 2021, and from June 5 by means of July 30 in 2022, together with 28 on MLB and three on school baseball. The whole included seven involving the Chicago White Sox on the time he was assigned to their Double-A crew in Birmingham, Alabama. Two of the White Sox bets concerned outcomes and the others have been on runs scored. He wager $749.09 on baseball, of which $724.09 was on MLB-related bets that included parlays.

Saalfrank, 26, pitched in 21 video games for Arizona final 12 months between the common season and postseason, together with three World Series video games, and two this 12 months earlier than he was optioned to Triple-A Reno on May 1. He positioned 29 baseball bets from Sept. 9 by means of Oct. 29 in 2021 and on March 9, 2022, together with 28 on MLB and one parlay on school baseball. He positioned 4 bets on the massive league Diamondbacks whereas on the injured listing of their Low A farm crew. His baseball bets totaled $445.87 on baseball, together with $444.07 on MLB, and misplaced $272.64 on MLB bets and $1.80 on the school wager. He gained simply 5 of 28 MLB bets, which included outcomes, runs and pitcher strikeouts.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.