According to a new story posted by ESPN.com today, seven or eight Major League Baseball scouts may soon be revealed as sports bettors in an MLB probe.


Frank Falzarano, 54, of Seaford, Long Island, pleaded guilty in April to felony enterprise corruption and gambling charges and is to appear Sept. 24 in Queens County, N.Y., Supreme Court. Falzarano, who is free on $200,000 bail, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.


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.





The investigation has identified "seven or eight" other scouts who bet through Falzarano, though it's possible that number could grow as New York City police continue to pursue the case. Major League Baseball's newly formed investigative unit is assisting law enforcement.


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.
Much more detail in the full story. Not surprising to Buzzy that scouts would be tempted by sports betting ...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3529999