The other night in a game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter cheated his way to first base by pretending that he was hit by a pitch. He tricked the umpire into thinking that he was injured by a ball that did not hit him.
There’s cheating and then there’s cheating. Pretending that you are injured is a punk move.
A trainer even came out onto the field to attend to Jeter’s phantom injury. The instant reply clearly showed that the ball never touched Jeter. It hit the end of his bat. He responded by moving around as though he was in agony.
Major League Baseball needs to come into the 21st century and introduce instant replay. With cheats like Derek Jeter, it’s a necessity. Furthermore, the league needs to come out and just ban cheating. If they can fine and suspend a player for fighting or taking steroids, they can surely do the same for blatant, obvious cheating.
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