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MLB to Investigate Marlins Pitcher Jarred Cosart Over Gambling

According to The Miami New Times, MLB is launching an investigation of Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart concerning gambling.

The investigation was launched because of activity on Cosart’s Twitter account in which he allegedly sought advice on gambling. After this created a Twitterstorm, Cosart subsequently deleted his account although it appears he has launched a new Twitter account in which he claims his old account was hacked and that he would not bet on baseball. However, the new Twitter account has not been directly confirmed by Cosart as of this writing.

Although I suppose MLB has to look into this, it looks like weak tea to me. The messages involved anonymous Twitter accounts. They do not demonstrate that Cosart actually made any bets. If it does turn out that Cosart gambles then there’s a good chance he is betting on sports other than baseball. I think it’s far more likely that people are betting on college hoops than spring training games.

Cosart, 24, split the 2014 season between the Marlins and Houston Astros compiling a record of 13-11 with a respectable 3.69 ERA in 180 1/3 innings pitched. The Marlins acquired Cosart at the trade deadline. Cosart was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, but was dealt to Houston in 2011 in the deal that saw the Phillies acquire Hunter Pence (who is now with the San Francisco Giants).

I remember Cosart’s spectacular big league debut with the Astros in 2013 when he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. He would best the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price that day with a 2-1 victory. Like many other young pitchers, Cosart has been up and down since. Cosart got into hot water a year ago when he used a homophobic slur in a tweet about Justin Bieber for which he apologized. These allegations might results in more downs than ups. However, pending further evidence, I am inclined to give Cosart the benefit of the doubt.


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