Sources say ex-Angels infielder David Fletcher bet with Mizuhara bookie

Sources say ex-Angels infielder David Fletcher bet with Mizuhara bookie

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  • Tisha Thompson, ESPN
May 18, 2024 2:35 PM
  • Tisha Thompson, ESPN

David Fletcher, a former Los Angeles Angels infielder currently playing for the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate, and a friend of his, who also played in the minor leagues, both bet on sports with the Southern California bookmaker who took wagers from Shohei Ohtani’s longtime interpreter, according to multiple sources detailing the activities.

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Fletcher, who was Ohtani’s teammate from 2018 to 2023 and has been described as one of his closest friends in baseball, placed bets with the bookmaking operation of Mathew Bowyer, sources said. Ohtani’s former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, also bet with Bowyer and eventually stole nearly $17 million from the Japanese superstar to feed his addiction, according to prosecutors.