"Seventy years ago, the Splendid Splinter finished with a .406 average by starring in a doubleheader he could have skipped. Contrast that with the new NL batting king's tactic.
Baseball legend Ted Williams didn't need to take shortcuts to finish the 1941 season with a .406 batting average. (Ted Sande / Associated Press)
"One wonders if Jose Reyes would understand the juxtaposition of what he did Wednesday.
"Reyes started for the New York Mets, collected a bunt single and sat down for the rest of the game. He hoped his one-for-one day would boost him to a National League batting title, which it did. Going to the plate for the rest of the game would have endangered that.