MLB Player Hit With Lifetime Ban Over Baseball Bets

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( – On Tuesday, June 4, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano would be banned for a lifetime after he had bet more than $150,000 on different MLB games. The league also announced that four other players would be facing a one-year suspension for violations of other unrelated sports betting. 

In the statement released on Tuesday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that it is important to strictly enforce the MLB rules regarding gambling in order to ensure that all of their games maintained their integrity. He added that there has long been a rule prohibiting those in the sport from betting on Major League Baseball games, and it’s been clear from the start that playing baseball comes with the responsibility of abstaining from doing certain things that other people might be allowed to do.

Marcano, 24, is facing accusations that during his time on the injured list last season when he was playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had bet on MLB games. The Associated Press later determined that he placed a total of 387 baseball bets, out of which 231 were MLB-related wagers. 

Out of all those wagers, over 20 were placed on Pirates games, despite the fact that he was on the team’s roster at the time. However, he did not appear in any of the games that he bet on. The results showed that Marcano won only around 4.3 percent of all the MLB-related bets he had placed. All of the games took place between 2022 and 2023. 

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