Banned! MLB Player Placed Hundreds of Bets on Baseball – Bet $150,000 on MLB Games!

San Diego, California – Major League Baseball took a firm stance on Tuesday as it permanently banned San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano for placing hundreds of bets on baseball games, including wagers on the Pittsburgh Pirates during his time with the team last season. The league’s Department of Investigations revealed that Marcano had placed a total of 387 baseball bets, with 231 of them being related to MLB, through a legal sportsbook in 2022 and 2023, amounting to over $150,000 in bets on baseball, including $87,319 on MLB-related bets. Interestingly, Marcano had also placed 25 bets on Pirates games while he was a member of the team, all of which occurred after he sustained a season-ending knee injury in July 2023.

Marcano’s ban marks a significant event in MLB history, as he is believed to be the first major leaguer to receive a permanent ban for gambling on baseball since Pete Rose’s lifetime ban in 1989. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred emphasized the importance of upholding the integrity of the game and enforcing the rules against gambling on baseball. Aside from Marcano, four other players were suspended for one year for violating MLB’s betting policies, including Oakland Athletics pitcher Michael Kelly, Padres minor-league pitcher Jay Groome, Philadelphia Phillies minor-league infielder José Rodriguez, and Arizona Diamondbacks minor-league pitcher Andrew Saalfrank. All four had placed MLB-related bets while in the minors.

The penalties were issued in accordance with Major League Rule 21, which declares individuals ineligible if they bet on baseball games in which they have no duty to perform. Marcano, in particular, was declared permanently ineligible due to betting on games in connection with which he had a duty to perform. The MLB Players’ Association declined to comment on the situation, while both the Padres and A’s expressed their full support for MLB’s sports betting policy. Both teams emphasized the importance of educating their members on their obligations under the policy to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Marcano had been sidelined since July 24, 2023, with a torn right ACL. Despite the setback, he had managed to play in 149 games between 2021 and 2023 with the Padres and Pirates. On the other hand, Kelly, the A’s pitcher, faced repercussions for placing 10 bets, nine of which involved MLB games, back in October 2021 while playing for the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. Meanwhile, Groome, a former Boston Red Sox first-round pick, found himself in trouble for placing 32 MLB-related bets over a period of a year, as disclosed by the league.

As for Rodríguez, the 23-year-old player was playing for the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate when data revealed he had placed 28 MLB-related bets and three college baseball bets during his time in the Chicago White Sox’s system. Saalfrank, on the other hand, had recently joined the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team after making his major-league debut the previous season. He faced consequences for placing 29 baseball bets, including MLB-related bets and one parlay bet on college baseball games in 2021 and 2022, according to the league’s findings. The enforcement of these disciplinary measures serves as a reminder of MLB’s commitment to upholding the integrity of the game and ensuring compliance with its policies against gambling activities.