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Miami Marlins Pitcher Jarred Cosart Messages with Gambler Prompts Investigation by MLB

March 26, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Miami Marlins Pitcher Jarred Cosart Messages with Gambler Prompts Investigation by MLB

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Major League Baseball has confirmed it will investigate possible sports-related gambling ties involving Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart on Wednesday.

Allegations that Cosart, 24, messaged a sports bettor on his Twitter account. However, the conversation went public after a third party shared screen shots of the messages exchanged on social media, creating a firestorm.

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Since the Miami New Times first reported the story, Cosart has deleted his official Twitter account, claiming the account was the subject of hacking, which is how the depicted conversations about alleged gambling surfaced.

A new unofficial Twitter account under Cosart’s name was created, and posted a Tweet, which read: “I have not, nor will I ever, bet on the game of baseball,” before the account was deleted. It is unclear whether Cosart posted the message.

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Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney announced the commissioner’s office is investigating the report.

Courtney said it remained unclear whether the allegations involved betting on Baseball, which is a flagrant violation of Rule 21 in MLB’s rulebook.

Rule 21 prohibits players, umpires, teams or league officials and employees from gambling on the sport. The law states, “any person betting a sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform, shall be declared ineligible for one year,” the rule states.

“Players, umpire, team and league officials or employees, who bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game with which the bettor has a duty to perform in, shall be declared permanently ineligible.”

Although Courtney said, the league rules allow players to gamble legally on sports other than baseball. Officials do recommend players steer clear of sports betting.

Cosart was traded from Houston in a seven-player trade in July. He currently starts in the Marlins rotation in the Grapefruit League, posting an 0-2 record and with an 8.49 ERA. The Miami Marlins issued a short statement, saying, “Major League Baseball is aware of the incident, and are investigating the allegations.”

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