Before Tuesday night, the most notable thing about Jarred Cosart’s Major League Baseball career thus far probably would be that the Houston Astros were willing to give up on a promising young thrower last August when they traded him to the Miami Marlins.
Before that Cosart made headlines for the use of a gay slur in reference to Justin Beiber on Twitter. That too was noteworthy and made headlines.
By all accounts he is a serviceable but outspoken righty.
That changed sometime Tuesday night on Twitter.
Based on screen shots surfacing through Twitter, Cosart had a conversation with someone about placing bets, and not just anyone. The private chat took place with “a noted Twitter gambling expert” (many are given this title, the vetting process is not strenuous ) going by the Twitter handle “Ghostfadekillah“.
Now on to the messages. You can view screen shots here. We have chosen not to display them at this time.
Cosart allegedly wrote, “No Prob. I bet LARGE. Shhhh lookin for some help anywhere I can.”
In a second “Direct Message” Cosart wrote, “Saw a retweet on your underplay and hammered it”.
Further screenshots reveal a conversation that someone using Cosart’s Twitter account (if not Cosart himself) had on March 2nd, conversing about placing wagers on a game between Baylor and Virginia.
Cosart’s Twitter account was then deleted. Then a second Twitter account under his name posted the following statement:
Around two weeks ago, my Twitter account was accessed by someone else. They began to send incriminating DM’s to a number of accounts to make it appear that I am addicted to gambling & have bet on baseball. I did not realize that this was happening until last evening. There will likely be more “screenshots” released in the coming days. I have not, nor will I ever, bet on the game of baseball.
The timing is of course just by coincidence, but just last week Pete Rose formally requested new commissioner Rob Manfred to re-evaluate his petition to lift a lifetime ban for betting on his own team as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Rose also bet on other sports.
Major League Baseball rules do not prohibit betting on non baseball events.
Cosart of course appears guilty of betting on something. What remains to be seen is whether in fact he bet on baseball or if Major League Baseball could prove that he did so. The timing of the alleged private messages and content make it seem unlikely he was discussing baseball bets in the private messages.
Cosart is set to be the second man in Miami’s five-man pitching rotation.