MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg Denies Gambling Accusations, Faces Possible Lifetime Suspension

MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg Denies Gambling Accusations, Faces Possible Lifetime Suspension

El Imparcial / Sports / MLB

Pat Hoberg, Major League Baseball umpire, has denied the accusations and appealed the sanction; he faces a possible lifetime suspension.

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire Pat Hoberg has been sanctioned for violating the league’s sports betting policies, according to ESPN sources. The MLB has acted rigorously following an investigation launched during spring training, although no evidence of manipulation has been found in the games that Hoberg refereed.

So far, the MLB has not issued any statement regarding the nature of the sanction, however, Hoberg has not worked any games so far this season.

The controversy comes amid a climate of strict surveillance by MLB, which recently imposed a lifetime ban on one player and suspended four others for gambling. Hoberg, who has denied the allegations and appealed the sanction, faces a possible lifetime ban under Rule 21 if he is found to have bet on games in which he participated.

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The case evokes the scandal of NBA referee Tim Donaghy, convicted in 2007 of illegal betting. Meanwhile, Hoberg is remembered for his impeccable performance in Game 2 of the World Series and his outstanding career as an umpire since 2014.

MLB has imposed a lifetime suspension on Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano for bets valued at more than $150,000. Additionally, Michael Kelly and three minor league players received one-year suspensions for betting minor amounts.

Shohei Ohtani was acquitted following an investigation into his former performer accused of theft to cover bets, while David Fletcher is being investigated for alleged illegal betting. Commissioner Rob Manfred emphasized the importance of maintaining the integrity of the game and the responsibility that comes with playing professional baseball.

2024-06-16 03:02:28
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