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#85 As far back as the 1850s baseball has taken the point of view that there's no meaningful distinction between betting on a game that your team is involved in and game throwing.
But you cannot see a distinction between betting and throwing games enuf to warrant a different punishment?
Those laws should be reformed. What Rose did, though, is not one of them.
That's pretty much my position, with a very limited exception for "friendly wagers" of very small amounts. I wouldn't, for example, suggest that lifetime ban is appropriate if two opposing pitchers who happen to be friends make a deal that the loser buys the winner dinner after the game.
EDIT: But I would think it appropriate for MLB to react pretty harshly, with an official reprimand at the least, and possibly a fine or short suspension.
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