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    The Ohtani Saga

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers fire Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani's long-time interpreter.
    Mizuhara was accused by Ohtani's attorneys of engaging in a “massive theft” of Ohtani's funds to place bets with an illegal bookmaker, according to the LA Times.
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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

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    Wild
    That's gonna cause a gap on his resume

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    The wild and reckless Twitter crew is wondering if Ippei is a Cris Carteresque “fall guy” for the gambling.

    I’m a sucker for good fiction.

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    This story is fishy as hell.

    ESPN has the details. On Tuesday, in an interview arranged by Ohtani's spokesman, Ippei claimed Ohtani helped him pay off his gambling debts. By Wednesday, Ippei denied Ohtani had any knowledge of his gambling debts.

    https://abc7.com/sports/dodgers-fire...ssiv/14550791/
    Ohtani was the ringleader and is going to get banned from baseball let’s goooooooo (I’m joking, but maybe…..)
    What would you say.....ya do here?

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    This story is fishy as hell.



    Ohtani was the ringleader and is going to get banned from baseball let’s goooooooo (I’m joking, but maybe…..)
    Word is Ohtani is going to suddenly retire and try his hand at basketball.

    And I’ve seen enough I’m all aboard the “fishy as hell” train!!! Choo Choo!!!

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Why would an interpreter have access to funds?

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by CaiGuy View Post
    Why would an interpreter have access to funds?
    Criminal act when two bros are pretty tight. That’s within reason.

    Having said that - The story switched from a Ohtani spokesman-overseen “Ohtani gave me the funds to cover” to “the money was stolen!” overnight.

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    Criminal act when two bros are pretty tight. That’s within reason.

    Having said that - The story switched from a Ohtani spokesman-overseen “Ohtani gave me the funds to cover” to “the money was stolen!” overnight.
    The first story was that Ohtani payed an associate of Southern California bookmaker Mathew Bowyer to pay off Mizuhara's debt. ESPN says they reviewed bank records of two $500,000 payments with Ohtani's name on it to the associate. I guess they realize that puts Ohtani in some hot water. Sports betting is illegal in California and Ohtani's name is on the payments. I don't know enough about the legal system to know what that means. From the sound of that article this may be the tip of the gambling ice berg.

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by CaiGuy View Post
    Why would an interpreter have access to funds?
    Someone has to read each dollar bill to make sure it's legit?
    I'm not a system player. I am a system.

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Honest question. If Ohtani gets banned for gambling (highly unlikely, but what if) does he still get the deferred money?
    Hoping to change my username to 75769024

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Honest question. If Ohtani gets banned for gambling (highly unlikely, but what if) does he still get the deferred money?
    I would assume that falls under getting fired with cause, right?
    What would you say.....ya do here?

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Honest question. If Ohtani gets banned for gambling (highly unlikely, but what if) does he still get the deferred money?
    You have to earn the money to have anything to defer. If he's banned for a season where he has $28 Million deferred, that $28 Million would be lost.
    All my posts are my opinion - just like yours are. If I forget to state it and you're too dense to see the obvious, look here!

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    I imagine everyone is bunkered down getting their stories straight right now.

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    You have to earn the money to have anything to defer. If he's banned for a season where he has $28 Million deferred, that $28 Million would be lost.
    That makes sense. I just wonder if Ohtani structured his contract so that he gets the deferred money even if he doesn’t play. Not even sure if he could do that.
    Hoping to change my username to 75769024

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    Re: 2023-24 MLB Off-Season News and Notes Part 2

    This is why he deferred the money. He figured he could coast for a couple of decades on his black jack winnings.

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