Entries in long-hidden notebook show Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

But the boys in New York are about breaking arms and knees.

For 26 years, Pete Rose has kept to one story: He never bet on baseball while he was a player.

The two inspectors spotted an item that a complainant said had not been returned. And that is a very powerful problem,” Dowd said. On Monday morning, MLB officials declined to comment about the notebook.

“I got a call at the place where I was working at the time from my brother, and he says, ‘You should come home.’ He said, ‘There’s a bunch of government people here, and they’re here for you.’ At the time, I think it was Mary Flynn of the postal inspector’s office who got on the phone and said, ‘We’re here,’ and she told me why and so forth. Dowd recently met with MLB CIO and executive vice president of administration John McHale Jr., who is leading Manfred’s review of Rose’s reinstatement request, to walk McHale through his investigation. It looked to them as if Bertolini had been signing memorabilia with the forged names of some of the most famous baseball players in history: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Duke Snider, Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose. To be sure, I’m eager to sit down with [MLB commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history — the good and the bad — and my long personal journey since baseball. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose’s banishment and provide the first written record that Rose bet while he was still on the field.

The documents obtained by Outside the Lines, which reflect betting records from March through July 1986, show no evidence that Rose, who was a player-manager in 1986, bet against his team. “It was such a mess. That came during his worst week of the four-month span, when he lost $25,500.

To Dowd, one of the most compelling elements of the newly uncovered evidence is that it supports the charge that Rose was betting with mob-connected bookies through Bertolini. The largest single bet was $5,500 on the Boston Celtics, a bet he lost.

“He wasn’t forthcoming with much information,” she said, “but he did acknowledge to me it was records of bets he made for Pete Rose.”

Barney sent an agent to drive by the address. So Barney and Flynn, posing as a couple looking for a home, called a real estate agent and were given a guided tour of Bertolini’s house. And, of course, [Rose] betting while he was a player.”

“The rule says, if you bet, it doesn’t say for or against. Attorney’s Office internal memorandum from 2000 that requested the spiral notebook’s transfer said Bertolini’s closed file has “sufficient historical or other value to warrant its continued preservation by the United States Government.” The memorandum listed among its attachments a copy of the notebook, but a copy of the memorandum provided by the National Archives had no attachments and had a section redacted.

“We knew that [Bertolini] recorded the bets, and that he bet himself, but we never had his records. Attorney’s Office seeking access to the book. “[Ohio bookie] Ron Peters is a golf pro, so he’s got other occupations. Dowd’s investigation had established that Rose was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt at the time he was banished from the game.

When the case began, it didn’t look particularly enticing, Barney said. [The mob] had a mortgage on Pete while he was a player and manager.”

If the accusation was true, it would constitute mail fraud, but the agents had no probable cause to search Bertolini’s house.

Dowd said he wished he’d had the Bertolini notebook in 1989, but he didn’t need it to justify Rose’s banishment. “I was taken aback.”

In April, Rose repeated his denial, this time on Michael Kay’s ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio show, that he bet on baseball while he was a player. All were denied on the grounds that the notebook had been introduced as a grand jury exhibit and contained information “concerning third parties who were not of investigative interest.”

“This does it. There was a for sale sign out front, the agent told him. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s investigation.

In April, Outside the Lines examined the Bertolini memorabilia kept in the National Archives’ New York office, but the betting book — held apart from everything else — was off-limits. “It reeked of fraud,” Barney said.

Rose, through his lawyer, Raymond Genco, issued a statement: “Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement. But one item stood out: In a box of papers in the basement, Barney said, was a spiral notebook filled with handwritten entries.

Last year, Outside the Lines again applied unsuccessfully for access to the notebook but learned it had been transferred to the National Archives under a civil action titled “United States v. It’s another device by Pete to try to excuse what he did,” Dowd said. The man’s name was Michael Bertolini, and the business he ran out of his home was called Hit King Marketing Inc.

Outside the Lines tracked down two of the postal inspectors who conducted the raid on Bertolini’s home in 1989 and asked them to review the documents.

Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager.

“Bertolini nails down the connection to organized crime on Long Island and New York. For 26 years, the notebook has remained under court-ordered seal and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office, where officials have declined requests to release it publicly.

o Most bets, regardless of sport, were about $2,000. “This is the final piece of the puzzle on a New York betting operation with organized crime. In March of this year, he applied to Manfred for reinstatement. “But when he bet, he was gone. One Executive Tools Spiral Notebook.” Two small boxes of other items confiscated in the postal raid on Bertolini’s house went too, including autographed baseballs and baseball cards.

“There were numbers and dates and — it was a book for sports betting,” Barney said. He refused to give them to us,” Dowd said. But Dowd never had the kind of documents that could cement that part of his case, especially in the eyes of fans who wanted to see Rose returned to Major League Baseball.. They provide a vivid snapshot of how extensive Rose’s betting life was in 1986:

Bats, balls, books and papers were scattered all over. 13, a few days after the undercover house tour and after obtaining a search warrant, they searched Bertolini’s home and found evidence that would lead to numerous convictions. Dowd also had testimony and a recorded phone conversation between Bertolini and another Rose associate, Paul Janszen, that established that Bertolini had placed bets for Rose. Therefore at this point, it’s not appropriate to comment on any specifics.” Bertolini’s lawyer, Nicholas De Feis, said his client is “not interested in speaking to anyone about these issues.”

The documents are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Dowd and his team had sworn testimony from bookie Ron Peters that Rose bet on the Reds from 1984 through 1986, but not written documentation. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball. It’s impossible to count the exact number of times he bet on baseball games because not every day’s entries are legible.

Flynn, who said her first reaction was “Holy mackerel,” said they asked Bertolini about the notebook.

Dowd, who reviewed the documents at Outside the Lines’ request, said his investigators had tried but failed to obtain Bertolini’s records, believing they would be the final piece in their case that Rose was betting with mob-connected bookmakers in New York. There was stuff everywhere,” Barney said.

o In the time covered in the notebook, from March through July, Rose bet on at least one MLB team on 30 different days. Under MLB Rule 21, “Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.”

Although the 1989 raid on Bertolini’s house received immediate news coverage, nothing about a betting book became public for five years. “We didn’t know anything about Bertolini or his connection [to Rose].”

o But on 21 of the days it’s clear he bet on baseball, he gambled on the Reds, including on games in which he played.

o Rose bet heavily on college and professional basketball, losing $15,400 on one day in March. “He’s a liar.”

But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball — and on the  Cincinnati Reds — as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The U.S. We tried to get them. That gave them probable cause to seek a search warrant.

On Oct. That meeting likely will come sometime after the All-Star break. Their authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling. The postal inspector’s office in Brooklyn, New York, had received a complaint that a man in Staten Island had failed to return goods to paying customers that he was supposed to have autographed. “Never bet as a player: That’s a fact,” he said.

Bertolini offered his take on the raid during his sentencing hearing in U.S.

“It was a mere ‘failure to render [services]’ complaint,” said Barney, who is now retired. Both agents, former supervisor Craig Barney and former inspector Mary Flynn, said the records were indeed copies of the notebook they seized.

“The implications for baseball are terrible. They took any records I had whatsoever, and they took different personal belongings and memorabilia from my home.”

But Rose’s supporters have based part of their case for his reinstatement on his claim that he never bet while he was a player or against his team, saying that sins he committed as a manager shouldn’t diminish what he did as a player.

Freelance researcher Liam Quinn contributed to this report. I need to maintain that. After Bertolini pleaded guilty and received a federal prison sentence, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, ESPN and other news organizations filed freedom of information requests with the U.S. He placed his financial interest ahead of the Reds, period.”

“I wish I had been able to use it [the book] all those years he was denying he bet on baseball,” said Flynn, the former postal inspector. District Court in Brooklyn six years later (he served 14 months for tax fraud and a concurrent assault sentence):

It was immediately clear that the many notations of “PETE” in the pages represented Pete Rose.

The timing for Rose, who played in 72 games in 1986, isn’t great

Using Reverse Line Movement To Win

Keep in mind that NCAAB was the most liquid sport in terms of top-five sportbooks however, with not a single sportsbook making the top five both years.

. Another important recommendation is to use a slow moving (but reliable) sportsbook. This would make Miami +6 the RLM play.

So what causes RLM when the aim of most sportsbooks is to get as close to balanced action on both sides as possible? The answer to this is quite simple: the sharp bettors; the one’s who give sports betting advice. Furthermore, they list the RLM records for many individual sportsbook, making it easy to spot which books this system is working at and which books it may be best to ignore.

The proper way to make a sports bet using reverse line movement is to place your bet as soon as there is an RLM of one full point (or 10 cents in MLB and NHL) off of the opening line. We tracked the top five books for each of the pointspread sports for the last two years, as as you can see, this strategy has been profitable in every sport. The highest two-year winning percentage using RLM from the top five books belongs to College Football, which went 480-341-10, 58.5 percent, +95.10 units. The huge problem with this is that the nfl line, ncaaf line or nhl line may have moved too much by that time, and all of the value has been sucked out of the unpopular side.

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So what we recommend is to only use the top five each season for each individual sport (in terms of units won). All of this will be fun to follow (not to mention profitable) when every sport except baseball are going on simultaneously during the winter months.

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Thus, following reverse line movements is the same thing a following the smart money. This may enable you to get the stale more favorable sports betting line at the time the reverse line movement hits at the triggering Sportsbook. Keep an eyes on the top five sportsbooks at Sports Insights though, as NCAAF sports betting has been very liquid in that regard, with only one sportsbook (believe it or not, Bodog) finishing in the top five both years.

NBA sports betting has the lowest two-year five-book RLM winning percentage among the 11/10 sports, but then again, every gambler in the world would kill to go 382-301-9, 55.9 percent, +48.90 units, and the 57.5 percent win rate this past season is nothing to sneeze at. Last year was a good RLM season for NFL sports betting (45-29, 60.8 percent, +11.91), but two sportsbooks that were in the top five in NFL RLM in both seasons.

To back this up, our friends over at Prosportsonline.net have tracked the records for games where over 60 percent of the public has been on one side, yet there was reverse line movement of at least one full point from the opening number at the top sportsbooks in NFL, NCAAF, NBA and NCAAB. Sure, using this approach leaves open the possibility of the line turning around and moving back against you, but as you will see in bit, betting as soon as an RLM qualifies has been profitable in every major North American sport such as the last two seasons, so if one line turns around, so be it. Keep a close eye on Canbet here, as that Australian sportsbook cracked the top five both years.

Now do the sharps win every single time? Absolutely not! However, they are right more often than they are wrong, so being on the same side as the sharps is a prudent strategy over the long run, and again, the best thing is that there in absolutely no conventional sports handicapping necessary..

College Basketball sports betting was not too shabby either, with a two-year mark of 492-356-22, 58.0 percent, +91.96 units. The records quoted below are based on the bets being made at the triggering books, so beating the move by a half-point or a few cents now and then would actually make your record even better.

So what exactly is reverse line movement? RLM takes place when a large majority of bets are on one team, yet the line moves in the opposite direction. Quite a few RLM followers watch the moves until almost game time, and then bet accordingly. However, instead of the line rising as you might expect, it instead drops to Chargers -6. RLM takes place when more money/ sportsbook picks are bet by the small percentage of bettors that are on the unpopular side (the sharps) than is bet by the huge majority of players betting the popular side (the squares). Note that these records are for sides only and do not include totals.

The NFL sports betting is generally considered the toughest sport to beat, yet blindly following this method produced an exceptional 59.2 percent win rate last season, improving the two year record to 328-249-12, 56.8 percent, +59.06 units. To illustrate, let us say that San Diego Chargers open at -7 over the Miami Dolohins, and over 70 percent of the sports bets placed on the game are on San Diego. It should be noted that many fewer MLB games have qualified so far this season (is the whole world using RLM now?), but smaller profits is still profit.Again, these records are for Money Lines only and do not include totals.Finally, NHL sports betting has picked up 148.49 units in two years, and unlike MLB, NHL had four sportsbooks out of the top five gain double-digit units this past season. This is where an important word of caution is in order though. Carib ruled the roost season at 93-66-9, 58.5 percent, +18.55 units after ABC held the penthouse spot in the 2007-08 season.

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Also, games where over 60 percent of the public are on one side, yet there is reverse line movement of at least 10 cents on the Money Line from the opening number at the top five sportsbooks in MLB and NHL sports betting has also been profitable

Baseball Hitting Drills – Tips and Drills For Using Hitting Stick Trainers by Nick Dixon

These trainers are some of the most popular baseball batting trainers used today.

2. Check to make sure the batter is using proper grip, stance and stride mechanics.

3. Make sure that the batter is swinging in a direction that is free of persons should the batter lose the grip on the bat.

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Baseball Hitting Drills – Tips and Drills For Using Hitting Stick Trainers

 by: Nick Dixon

1. The batter should attack the inside strike earlier to keep from getting jammed.

*HitnStik is a registered trademark belong to Easton Sports. Then later came other versions including the Hit2win Trainer^ and the SKLZ Target Trainer. The ball should be positioned at a location inside the batters front foot. The holder will change the location of the ball by moving.

The holder changes location and height and allows the batter to take 6 swings at each location. The first thing to remember is that the holder should always direct the rod and ball toward the hitter’s back foot. Make sure the ball is directed at the batter’s back foot.

8. The purpose of these swings is to make the batter use the hips as the batter turns and hits the ball. The batter swings and drives the ball in a direction that would be to the opposite field. The batter will drive the bat through the box. This location simulates hitting a pitch over the inside 3rd of the plate. All of these are handheld units. Positive reinforcement should be given when the batter makes good solid contact.

The 4X5 Baseball and Softball Pre-game Warm-up Drill . MIDDLE STRIKE CONTACT – The holder will move around a couple more feet. All of these baseball trainers basically work and perform the same. HIP TURNER LOCATION – The holder stands slightly behind the batter directing the ball at the batter’s bat pocket. Check out the Bat Action Hitting Machine baseball pitching simulator at http://BatAction.com. You can learn to hit without having to chase, pick-up or retrieve a single ball. This is what I call “coning out”.

The batter takes 5 swings at 5 different ball locations. AWAY STRIKE LOCATION – The holder will move around a couple more feet to give the batter a ball to hit that is on the outer 3rd of the plate. Make sure the batter does not over stride.

9. This simple rule insures that proper bat-to-ball contact is made. INSIDE STRIKE – The holder moves toward the direction of the pitcher from the batter. This high speed training machine is 100% Guaranteed to raise Batting Averages and has a full year warranty.

Coaching Points:

4. This teaches the batter to allow the ball down the middle to get inside the front foot so that maximum power can be generated during the swing. Make sure that the hitting area is safe with no one within 15 feet of the holder or the batter.

3. The batter does not move. You should not move the ball when using these trainers. They have different names but they all are great trainers to teach and train young players. I sometimes get frustrated because I observe the product being used incorrectly.

The key to proper use of any hand-held batting device is KNOWING AND USING THE CORRECT ANGLE FOR THE DRILL YOU ARE DOING! If you do not direct or point the ball at the proper angle, the batter will always make poor contact. The holder should make sure that the trainer safety strap is used to prevent the holder from losing their grip on the trainer when the batter hits the ball.

There are many versions of the “ball-on-a-rod” trainer. ^Hit2win is a registered trademark of Nedco Sports Products. +SKLZ Target is a registered trademark of Pro Performance Sports.

6. The batter should keep the head still and the head should stay down with the eyes on the ball throughout the swing.

As the inventor of the HitnStik*, Hit2win Trainer^, and SKLZ Target+ Trainer, I sometimes cringe when I see someone using the product incorrectly. It is welcomed in complexes and parks because it allows safe pre-game warm-up, requires little space, and does not damage fences. The ball will be positioned in a location behind the front foot. The unit is portable and requires no setup. The batter may have to take a slight inward step with the front foot to properly execute this swing.

2. The ball should be at a location just inside the batters back foot. It is important to know the proper angles when using this product.

10. Second, the holder must stand at the proper angle to the batter and direct the ball at the correct angle to the batter. First, the product is to be used as a “still” ball trainer. Remember to direct the ball toward the belly button or back foot of the batter.

5. The height of the ball should be raised and lowered in the strike zone to give the batter swings at both high and low strikes.

4. The popularity come from the benefits they offer the baseball player, baseball coach, and the baseball parent. Allowing the ball to pass inside the front foot allows the batter to use the front foot and leg as a anchor and leverage to generate a more powerful swing.

1. If the angle is wrong, the end of the bat will hit behind the ball and the bat will never actually touch the ball. The first and original version was the HitnStik*. The ball should be positioned slightly in front of the batters front foot. I often see coaches and parents working with players when I visit a park. The batter should take a step and drive the ball.

7. The ball hit is on the middle 3rd of the plate