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Carroll 1Sean Carroll Professor SammondENGW 110216 March 2015Gambling in BaseballBaseball and gambling is a bad combination that poses a risk to the players, fans, and the sport itself. Derek Jeter and Pete Rose are totally different people but do share some things in common actually. Rose has the all-time hits in Baseball and Jeter leads the New York Yankees in hits. When Rose was convicted of fixing games in baseball, he destroyed his fan base and all the people he influences by ruining the morality and integrity of the game. If Jeter did the same as Rose, which would never happen, baseball spectators would drop along with the influence and pride in the sport drastically because Jeter and Rose were influential and powerful players. People and players have gambled on baseball as long as the game has been played, but serious consequences occur if convicted of gambling. Will Leitch explains in his article, “The Case Against Gambling”, “Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible” (Leitch). Gambling in baseball is attemptingto fix a game, which has been strictly banned after the 1919 World Series scandal, the biggest in baseball history. Charles Comiskey was the owner of the White Sox, known as the “Black Sox” during the 1919 scandal that was estimated to be worth a $20,000 reward. Comiskey was told to throw the World Series by his colleagues to earn the large sum of cash during that time period. Gambling in baseball ruins the morality and integrity of the sport, along with losing fan interest
and is now mercily banned with serious consequences from the MLB after the 1919 scandal and Pete Rose gambling fix (Linder).The second biggest scandal that the MLB has seen was more recent, in 1989, where Pete Rose fixed games on his own team. At the time, the all time hits leader was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Rose would place bets on his players and team while fixing the game. Critical evidence was found including phone calls and bets slips with Rose’s handwriting, which led to his lifetime ban from the MLB and five months in prison. Rose still denies the claims but no one believes him or forgives him for the damage he did to the sport and it’s fans. Rico