Top 10 Ways MLB Players Cheat

The 10 Most Notorious Ways to Cheat in MLB

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Unfortunately, baseball is the sport most closely associated with cheating. Fans today know about MLB's problems with PEDs, but cheating has been around as long as the game has. It's just the type of cheating that's changed over the years.

In this slideshow we'll take a look at the 10 most common ways to cheat in MLB. Enjoy:

1. Pine Tar

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1. Pine Tar

Michael Pineda New York Yankees

Pine tar is used by both pitchers and batters to get an advantage, but it's most commonly considered cheating when a pitcher uses it for extra grip on his breaking ball.

2. The Spitball

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2. The Spitball

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Gaylord Perry is the most infamous spitballer of all time. In fact, his autobiography was entitled: Me and the Spitter.

3. Corked Bat

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3. Corked Bat

Sosa looks at bat

Sammy Sosa and Albert Belle are two players who got caught with a corked bat in-game. But of course, Sammy said he grabbed his 'warm up' bat on accident, the one he used to hit balls out of the park in practice for the fans.

4. Stealing Signs

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4. Stealing Signs

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This still goes on today. That's why a lot of the signs you see during a game are false.

5. Scuffing the Ball

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5. Scuffing the Ball

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Hall-of-famer Whitey Ford admitted after his career that he scuffed the ball often in the later portion of his playing days.

6. Betting/Throwing Games

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6. Betting/Throwing Games

Pete Rose

Pete Rose claims he never threw a game during his betting days, but you know it's happened somewhere along the line in baseball history.

7. Roids

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7. Roids

Mark McGwire

Steroids are probably the thing fans most closely associate with cheating in MLB.

8. Amphetamines

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8. Amphetamines

Darryl Strawberry #39

'Greenies' have been around baseball forever. Some have even accused the great Willie Mays of taking them.

9. Neighborhood Plays

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9. Neighborhood Plays

Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

Replay should take some neighborhood plays out of the game, but players have been cheating for years by making it look like they touched a base or tagged a runner.

10. Influencing the Grounds Crew

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10. Influencing the Grounds Crew

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Whether it's excessively wetting the base paths or not cutting the grass to a certain length, home field advantage takes on a whole new meaning in the world of baseball.

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