Astros quietly emerging as possibly baseball’s best team

Through the first six weeks of the 2017 MLB season, there are five teams with at least 20 wins.

The Yankees (21-10) and Orioles (22-11) are in a dead heat atop the American League East. The Nationals (22-12) lead the National League East by a healthy margin and the Rockies (22-13) are the surprise early leaders in the NL West.

But better than all of them are the Astros, who are off to the best start in franchise history following Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Braves.

In a conversation with Yahoo Finance, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday baseball may soon follow the NBA’s lead in calling for the legalization of gambling on sports, acknowledging that betting “can be a form of fan engagement, it can fuel the popularity of a sport.”

“There is this buzz out there in terms of people feeling that there may be an opportunity here for additional legalized sports betting,” he said. “We are reexamining our stance on gambling. It’s a conversation that’s ongoing with the owners.”

“Sports betting happens,” Manfred said. “Whether it’s legalized here or not, it’s happening out there. So I think the question for sports is really, ‘Are we better off in a world where we have a nice, strong, uniform, federal regulation of gambling that protects the integrity of sports, provides sports with the tools to ensure that there is integrity in the competition … Or are we better Cheap Jerseys China Paypal off closing our eyes to that and letting it go on as illegal gambling? And that’s a debatable point.”

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