It was a near certainty that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was going to deny Pete Rose the chance to be reinstated in baseball. Podcast #36 and host Gene Gumbs breaks down why this decision, while understandable, has flaws. Major League Baseball needs to clean up its house in regards to the daily gambling of fantasy games on sites like Draft Kings and Fan Duel before it can preach that it wants to keep the specter of wagering away from its sport.
Is it a stretch to think that there are current players participating in fantasy games/leagues on those sites? I don’t think so. Is that not gambling? Is that not betting on baseball, the same thing Pete Rose was banned for? I’d be willing to be the ranch that it’s happening. Those companies aren’t going to divulge who is playing. Even if they did, it’s nothing to have a friend or family member place the bet for you.
While the idea doesn’t actually bother me all that much, it does bother me to think that Major League Baseball is in bed with these companies. Hell, their hosts on the MLB Network’s morning show picked guys for a Draft Kings fantasy lineup every morning! Are you kidding me? You can’t ban a guy for gambling on baseball but then accept advertising money from these companies and have your employees engaged in promoting them!
As to the Hall of Fame? That’s another issue. There’s quite a rant on that in the podcast. Enjoy.
Also in this Episode:
- A look at the pans still cooking on the hot stove
- Jason Heyward signs with the Cubs
- With the addition of Cueto, the Giant’s rotation is scary good.
- Mets still need a bat, but Neil Walker makes them better
- My pick for team of the week
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