The Most Ridiculous Unwritten Rules Of Baseball
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About Help Legal. This is another one that is brought about more out of respect than anything. When you hit a home run, you're supposed to act like you've hit one before, especially since that's almost always the case anyway.
If it's a slight stare and you're Albert Pujols, generally it can slide. If you're watching it without even running the bases, it's not only disrespectful but stupid, since you don't really know if the ball's going to leave the park. The pitcher's mound is a special place to a pitcher.
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Everything has to be just right with it, and that isn't going to be the case when people are walking on it between innings. Infielders should be going around it rather than walking over it. Alex Rodriguez did that in an Oakland Athletics game, and Dallas Braden had harsh words in response, causing a feud to develop between the two a couple years back. Like stepping on the mound, this is a symbol of respect.
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A pitcher's just trying to get himself ready for the game on the mound, and the hitters have the on-deck circle to practice their swing. By stepping in early before the pitcher's done, it just looks bad and could cause some bad blood, or potentially a beaning if it's a chronic offender. This is another common-sense rule, but it's surprising how often hitters don't seem to get this. If a pitch is a bit high and outside, go for the bloop single rather than trying to overextend yourself.
Likewise, if it's low try and hit it through the gaps. Of course, major leaguers know where they're good at hitting the ball and where they struggle, so this rule isn't a big deal at the major league level compared to others. This is one that, according to Baseball-Reference, is absolutely still done today , but the main question to ask in that instance is why is that the case?
It's tough to put my finger on practical reasoning why, but I believe it has to do with momentum. If you take a risk at home, they'll stand behind you, but if you take a risk with a sacrifice hit on the road, the fanbase can cancel out any momentum.
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This unwritten rule seems pretty obvious, as having the nerve to bunt to break up a no-hitter seems disrespectful, and makes the batter look like a wimp. If you want to break up a no-hitter, be a man about it and crush one into the outfield. This is one that is really for the fans and media personalities just as much as the players and coaches. It's fine to disagree and complain to umpires, but they have their own code of conduct and batch of unwritten rules. You can complain all you want about a bad call, just don't call him a bad umpire, as we have seen the difference between the two in action.
Working within an umpire's unwritten rules can certainly pay off for teams as well. If you're down by a few runs heading into the seventh or eighth, the worst thing to do would be to simply swing at the first pitch you see. This rules is more practical than anything; clearly they're in control of the game, so the first pitch is probably not going to be one the batter will want to hit anyway. If a pitcher hits a batter, then either it's revenge for an earlier action, or it was a pitch that got away from him.
Either way, as a batter you don't rub the spot. You can't show weakness as it just makes the pitcher that much tougher now that he's seen that he can affect the other team. More on that a bit later.
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Additionally, an easily-offended umpire will likely call the batter out for it. This form of baseball etiquette is more a sign of respect than an unwritten rule. Celebrating is a funny thing in baseball. Even with emotional, screaming fans surrounding the field, unwritten baseball doctrine dictates players need to keep their emotions in check until after the game. Over-celebrating is disrespectful to the other team. Homers are a big deal and should be celebrated. But in the middle of a game, excessive showboating rubs the opposing team the wrong way.
Especially if the celebrating is done in a way that mocks the other team. The best practice after hitting a homer is to run the bases, high-five your teammates, and then get back to the game. Which brings us to …. If a player on your team gets hit by a pitch or shown up in any sort of way, then they can be hit back. A recent instance of a beanball going awry was when Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland beaned Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. This is less to do with etiquette and more to do with machismo.