I hate cheating in sports and feel that players who do so should be punished severely. I have written before on this when it comes to cricket where a player who violates the rules is punished and if the act is particularly egregious, such as showing signs of premeditation or careful planning or collusion, then the punishments become even stiffer for ‘violating the spirit of the game’.
So I was shocked by this report on a recent baseball game.
During the Mets’ Monday win over the Dodgers, Todd Frazier took a spectacular catch, diving into the stands to snag a foul ball and keeping hold of it despite tumbling over the barrier. However, the ball Frazier emerged with wasn’t the ball that had been hit by the Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo – it was a rubber ball that he had grabbed after losing hold of the original one.
The cheater then regales his teammates about what he did and how he fooled the umpire.
This TV reporter treats it like a piece of cleverness and the news host laughs about it.
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 5, 2018
This is disgusting. Why is this player not punished severely?