MLB Umpire Disciplined for Betting

Last week Major League Baseball umpire Pat Hoberg was disciplined by the league for violating the group's sports gambling rules, with the official also announcing his appeal of the ruling.

The details on the betting activity and penalty incurred were not made publicly available by MLB. The league did state that they began looking into the umpire during spring training and an investigation deemed he had violated betting rules. There isn't any evidence that he manipulated any games or bet on games he was involved in.

Regarding the case the MLB stated: "During this year's spring training, Major League Baseball commenced an investigation regarding a potential violation of MLB's sports betting policies by umpire Pat Hoberg. Mr. Hoberg was removed from the field during the pendency of that investigation."

In a statement, Hoberg commented: "I am appealing Major League Baseball's determination that I should be disciplined for violating the sports betting policies. While that appeal is pending, it would not be appropriate to discuss the case. That said, I have devoted my adult life to the profession of umpiring, and the integrity of baseball is of the utmost importance to me. I look forward to the appeal process, and I am grateful that the Major League Baseball Umpires Association is supporting me in the appeal.''

Hoeberg has been an umpire for MLB for ten years and has been lauded as one of the most accurate umpires when it comes to calling balls and strikes. Of note, he called 129 balls and strikes perfectly during a World Series game in 2022.

Baseball has been rocked by baseball scandals of late. Japanese star Shohei Ohtani's interpreter Ippei Mizuhara recently pleaded guilty to stealing from the player in order to place illegal bets on sports, stealing millions from the pitcher/hitter. Another player, Tucupita Marcano, was banned for life for his involvement in betting on the sport.

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17 June 2024 - 4:54pm

It's crazy the amount of betting scandals going on in baseball. I guess they need something to do to keep from dying of boredom with how bland the game can be.

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