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Baseball and gambling have never mixed well

This past Tuesday evening during a live segment of the FOX network’s broadcast of the All-Star pre-game show, FOX employee David Ortiz promoted a FOX betting app that he also participates in, by taking cash out of a briefcase and throwing the cash into the crowd. If you happened to miss that not so impromptu promotion Tuesday night and the previous sentence confuses you, that’s certainly understandable. There were many aspects of the scene that raised several questions but perhaps answered some as well.

In order to fully frame how odd the current relationship between baseball and gambling is, right up to Ortiz’s current involvement, we have to take a quick step back to review how baseball got to this point.