Major League Baseball's new investigative unit has identified at least one baseball scout in its new inquiry into illegal gambling, and continuing investigation may yield names of more scouts, sources told SI.com.
Veteran Orioles scout
"A lot of people are sweating out there,'' one baseball executive said.
MLB's investigative unit -- formed this year in response to a recommendation from
Baseball has a long history of coming down hard on personnel linked to gambling, from the 1919 Black Sox to
In terms of a possible punishment for those who have been found to bet on games, MLB's rule against gambling, 21d, draws a clear distinction between baseball people who have a "duty to perform" in games, such as players and managers, and those who do not. Those who have a "duty to perform" could be subject to a lifetime ban, whereas those who do not, such as scouts, could get off with a one-year ban. There is no indication that MLB's current gambling investigation into scouts has anything to do with fixing games.
Even so, infractions such as betting through bookmakers on pro games -- whether it be baseball or any other sport -- are considered serious by MLB. Signs in all major-league clubhouses spell out the sport's rules against gambling, and reminders of their seriousness are sent periodically to clubs.
That strong anti-gambling stance has been long held by MLB. It isn't known whether the new inquiry was in any way triggered by the NBA's scandal involving referee
Marr's dismissal by the club was reported in the Baltimore
Marr declined comment when reached at his home in Sarasota, Fla, on Friday.
It isn't known how Marr's name was discovered, and his dismissal surprised some of his fellow scouts. Marr once recommended
Before coming to Baltimore, Marr was a scout for the San Francisco Giants. In 1995 he signed