Cheating Is Immoral

Posted: August 9, 2013

Even to those who still consider baseball our national pastime, Fay Vincent, former commissioner of Major League Baseball, is little more than a footnote.

But consider Mr. Vincent anew upon reading a commentary he penned for Monday’s Wall Street Journal. One must focus not so much on the nut of Mr. Vincent’s column — that all users of performance-enhancing drugs should be booted from baseball — but on the rationale behind his argument. Cheating is wrong. Mr. Vincent’s column is a broadside against moral relativism, a plea for a return to what we used to call, in the old days, sportsmanship. That includes, he wrote, a stiff penalty for juicing:

“There is also the need for education and moral leadership to explain to all of those who play sports that cheating is simply wrong. It may seem odd to contend in a world often saturated by moral relativism that there is such a thing as an immoral act. But cheating at games — whether it be cycling, baseball, football, or track and field — is wrong, and we had better begin to say so. Otherwise we risk, quite literally, losing all our games.”

Indeed we do. Imagine, reviving the notion of sin and immorality in today’s world. What a novel idea.


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