Can you bet on the minors?
I think I just got the answer to this: No.
Today I had a conversation with a supervisor at the Westgate book about some other things, and remembered this question. He said no, they don't take bets on them. As far as he knows they never have, and he volunteered that he hasn't heard of anyone else doing so.
The possibility never crossed my mind until you asked. I would've been a little surprised by a different answer, but it wouldn't be the first time. Because some low level minor league players aren't paid well,, someone might think some shady monkey business could happen more easily there, but I mostly put that thought aside. I imagine there would probably be problem with too little betting action spread across so many teams playing so many games.
I see about 200-ish minor league baseball games are scheduled this weekend. With probably close to about a hundred a day being played between almost 200 teams day after day, I think a bet on some of those games might not even have any action on the other side. And with all those events daily without a big liquid betting market) I believe someone willing to do the work could develop a huge information advantage over the line setters on a bunch of cherry-picked targets. In fact, if I got a different answer I'd have a high priority new project. I'd want to get on it like white on rice.
I don't know the fellow I got this answer from beyond his nametag, and of course wrong answers aren't exactly unheard of in that business, even from guys wearing suits. But I believe his answer, FWIW. So, sadly, I don't think either of us will be getting rich off the Savannah Bananas and the Wichita Wingnuts any time soon. And I'm not rushing to pack my bags for a trip to Kannapolis. Sniff.
EDIT: To assassinate a lot of extra words, for clarity. I get diarrhea of the keyboard when I'm tired.
Last edited by: DrawingDead on Aug 20, 2016