Want to play the "Baseball Ethics" game? Two randomly selected actual ethical incidents from baseball's storied history are listed below. Please tell us which one you consider to be "worse." In other words, select the one you think is less ethical than the other. This exercise originally ran in August, 2008. After 35,000 votes, we compiled the results in this article.
Here are your first two choices. Select the less ethical one and you'll be given the opportunity to make even more choices. Thanks for helping.
|1. Easy ticket|
|Players will sometimes make less than a full-fledged effort to get out of the way of a pitched ball, especially if it's an off-speed offering. It's an easy ticket to first base. Of course, umpires are not supposed to award first base to a hit batsman who makes less than an honest effort to avoid getting plunked; in reality, however, the umps seldom require a batter who has been hit to return the batter's box.|
|2. Getting plunked|
|For much of baseball's history, retaliation--typically in the form of throwing a pitch at a batter--has been part of the unwritten code of the sport. There are many scenarios when this code has required that a batsman get plunked. A few of the more prevalent of these scenarios: |