There’s a fine line between unsportsmanlike behavior and good old-fashioned trickery, particularly on the baseball field. For example, most baseball purists—ourselves included—lost a fair amount of respect for Alex Rodriguez back in 2007 when he shouted “I got it” while running past Toronto third baseman Howie Clark, who let the ball drop. Three runs scored. Bush league, A-Rod.
The hidden ball trick, on the other hand, is as old as the game itself and, in our opinion, no more unsportsmanlike in its deception than throwing a 59 mph change-up when a batter is anticipating high heat.