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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 10:09
MLBAs part of MLB’s investigative department, the league is looking into a gambling ring that allegedly ran through former Washington Nationals “bird dog” scout, Frank Falzarano.

Falzarano plead guilty earlier this year to corruption and gambling charges, but MLB is looking into other scouts that gambled through Falzarano. As reported by Mike Fish of ESPN.com, it appears that “seven or eight” scouts are involved, although that number could grow with the New York City police getting involved:

Sources close to the bookmaking probe identified one of the alleged bettors as Alan Marr, a respected high-ranking scout fired by the Baltimore Orioles last month. Marr acknowledged knowing Falzarano, but declined further comment when reached by ESPN.com at his home in Sarasota, Fla.

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To date, only Marr has been fired by his club and no disciplinary action has been taken by MLB against any of the scouts. It is expected, however, that a report will be forwarded to Bud Selig within 30 days and that the baseball commissioner could discipline Marr and perhaps the others. The scouts are under investigation only for placing bets and not for being involved in the bookmaking operation.

The firing of Marr is seen as a blow to the scouting world, and certainly the Orioles. Marr has been viewed by his peers.

"I wasn't familiar with his personal life, but professionally he was all about scouting," said John Mirabelli, the Cleveland Indians' assistant general manager of scouting operations. "He was a very passionate, committed baseball guy. He lived it, breathed it.

 
 
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