People love to bet on pretty much anything related to sports — even, apparently, whether baseball's most famous gambler might be reinstated by the new MLB commissioner.
You can't help but chuckle at the irony of handicapping whether a guy banned for betting on baseball will get a reprieve. If you're reading this, Pete, don't take any action on this or any of the other Manfred-related odds. Just to be safe.
If you're a Rose backer, you have to think these are pretty decent odds, especially after he's been an MLB outcast for 25 years. They're about as good, in fact, as the Washington Nationals winning the World Series. Not exactly a longshot.
When The Stew asked what the chances are that Rose would get reinstated by Bud Selig before he leaves office, Geoff Johnson of MyTopSportsbooks put the odds at 40/1.
He explained: "Similar to an outgoing president issuing pardons, could Selig view an olive branch to Rose as cleaning up his legacy? For sentimental reasons, it could happen but odds are the hard-nosed Selig doesn’t wince leaving office."
MyTopSportsbooks.com also set odds for whether Manfred makes the following changes to MLB rules:
Abolish chewing tobacco
All-Star Game no longer determines home field for World Series
More Playoff Teams Added
Pitch Clock Instituted
Teams are contracted
Salary Cap instituted
DH in both leagues
DH is abolished
Playoff teams taken away
Season is shortened
Ties established for the regular season
PED policy altered
You'd think changing the All-Star game would be more likely than bringing back Rose, wouldn't you? I guess that's why I'm neither a bookie nor the commish-elect.
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