We all hate cheating - when it helps the opponents, or when we get caught.
So what IS cheating in baseball, in YOUR mind?
Here are some scenarios that I'd like to take the RR temperature on. I've broken down these items in three groups. What items do I have in the wrong list, by your measure? What's missing that's worth mentioning?
ALWAYS CHEATING - SHAME ON YOU!
- Non-uniformed personnel helping to steal signs during a game.
- Fans shining lights/reflections at the opposition.
- Poisoning the food of the opposition. (Think Kobe)
- Performance enhancing drugs not available over the counter that are illegal by US law. (Think A-Roid)
- Coaches trying to interfere with a ball in play.
- Verbal decoy plays by coaches (3B coach yells "I got it!")
- Fans throwing anything at players
- Doctored bats
CHEATING - IF YOU GET CAUGHT
- Doctoring the ball.
- Groundskeepers altering the field to help the home team.
- Trying to interfere with a ball in play / fielder (think A-Roid)
- Purposely trying to injure a player to knock him out of the game
- Managing the game after you've been ejected. (Think Bobby V)
THAT AIN'T CHEATIN' - THAT'S GAMESMANSHIP!
- Uniformed personnel helping to steal signs during a game.
- Getting the opposition drunk the night before a big game.
- Performance enhancing drugs available over the counter that are legal by US law and not against MLB rules.
- Loading up on caffeine before a game.
- Hidden ball trick
- Non-verbal decoy plays
- Verbal decoy plays by players (think A-Roid)
- Fans verbally abusing players.
- Fans getting so loud that it's a distraction (think Metrodome)
- Pulling an opposing player's lucky bat to have it X-rayed for cork when you have no suspicions.
- Catchers distracting the batter by chatter or otherwise