Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart insisted that he has never bet on baseball amid a Major League Baseball investigation of Cosart's possible involvement in sports-related gambling, according to the Miami Herald.
Several posts appeared on Cosart's Twitter account discussing gambling advice he received from a gambling expert. Cosart deleted his personal Twitter account last week.
“I never have, never will bet on baseball,” Cosart said, according to the Miami Herald. ”That's the only statement I can come out with right now. I'm letting MLB security [handle the rest]. They’ve investigated my Twitter. I had to speak to some people from their offices last week, but I’m in a good position on it, I’m confident. Like I said, it's kind of just in the commissioner's hands now and we’ll see what he does with it."
Any employee of Major League Baseball caught betting on games faces a one-year suspension. If they are found to have bet on or against their own team, they face a lifetime ban, which was famously issued to Pete Rose in 1989.
Cosart said he is cooperating with the investigation.
“Still following the MLB protocol. Hoping that everything gets done by opening day,” Cosart said.
Cosart was traded to the Marlins last summer after spending his first two seasons with the Houston Astros. He went 4-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 starts for the Marlins last season and has a 1-2 record with a 5.60 ERA in five starts this spring.
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