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    Unwritten Rules of Baseball

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/others...enrules12.html


    1. Don't embarrass yourself, your teammates or your opponent.

    2. Never show up an umpire on balls and strikes.

    3. Never steal a base when leading by a bunch of runs. Rickey Henderson was the all-time offender, once taking second base with the Brewers' defense playing back and his team leading 12-5 in the seventh inning. "There are certain things you don't do," Milwaukee manager Davey Lopes said. "You don't stop competing; what you stop doing is manufacturing runs."

    4. Never show up an opposing pitcher after hitting a home run off him. This is includes such no-nos as Ruben Sierra's funky-chicken dance step and Jeffrey Leonard's one flap down. Taking a long time to get around the bases is considered taboo. Scott Rolen of the Cardinals is one who does it the right way -- drop the bat and run around the bases.

    5. Always run onto the field in support of your teammates or players after a fight breaks out. Indians manager Charlie Manuel once was suspended for two games for running onto the field from the clubhouse.Manuel had been ejected from the game but said he could not in good conscience stay in the clubhouse while his players were throwing haymakers.

    6. Don't fraternize with opposing players.

    7. Players who don't run onto the field in support, or who fraternize with opposing players, shall be fined by a kangaroo court.

    8. Kangaroo courts shall exist in every major league clubhouse and operate by their own set of unwritten rules. See Jay Buhner, Mariners, 1988-2001.

    9. Play the game the right way.

    10. Never lay down a bunt to break up a no-hitter. Ben Davis, then with the Padres, did this against Curt Schilling, then with the Diamondbacks, in the eighth inning of a 2001 game. The single brought the tying run to the plate, but Davis was heavily criticized -- even his manhood was called into question. "Ben Davis is young and has a lot to learn," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "That was just uncalled for."

    11. When breaking up a double play, always go in with a clean slide. Rangers catcher Pudge Rodriguez went out of his way to take out Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel in 1994; Vizquel suffered torn knee ligaments, spent seven weeks on the DL, and the Indians were fighting mad.

    12. Always throw a fastball on a 3-0 count.

    13. Never swing at a 3-0 pitch when your team has a comfortable lead.Vladimir Guerrero swung at a 3-0 offering in a 2001 game against the Mets with his team leading 10-0, and pitcher Turk Wendell promptly drilled him.

    14. Never put the tying or go-ahead run on first base.

    15. Unless you are playing the Giants and Barry Bonds represents the tying or go-ahead run.

    16. Never make the first or third out of an inning at third base.

    17. Always run out ground balls, even routine ones. Hustle in, hustle out. This rule does not apply to all; Ken Griffey Jr., for example, never read the unwritten rules during his stay with the Mariners.

    18. Never interrupt a pitcher's focus by talking to him before a start.

    19. Applicable to broadcasters and players alike, never mention "no-hitter" when a pitcher has one working.

    20. Never steal another team's signs -- or at least never get caught doing so. It is particularly taboo for the batter to peek at the catcher's signs from the batter's box. Stealing signs from second base is considered gamesmanship but still requires retribution.

    21. Pitchers must work inside to keep opposing batters honest but must never throw at a batter's head.

    2. Pitchers must retaliate for egregious acts committed by opposing pitchers.
    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 03-03-2008 at 03:33 PM.

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    In regards to number 6, I think I read last year that there is actually a written rule against fraternizing with opposing teams players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SINYJets View Post
    In regards to number 6, I think I read last year that there is actually a written rule against fraternizing with opposing teams players.
    Can they really stop, lets see, Cano and Reyes from hanging out in the city?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Ryan View Post
    Can they really stop, lets see, Cano and Reyes from hanging out in the city?
    Yeah, i know pretty crazy. I think it was in an article by Jayson Stark or Tim K. or one of those guys at espn. It was a list of a bunch of stupid arcane rules in the MLB rulebook.

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    Number 12 is b.s.

    Manny Ramirez has to be guilty of more of these on a regular basis than anyone.

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    10. Never lay down a bunt to break up a no-hitter. Ben Davis, then with the Padres, did this against Curt Schilling, then with the Diamondbacks, in the eighth inning of a 2001 game. The single brought the tying run to the plate, but Davis was heavily criticized -- even his manhood was called into question. "Ben Davis is young and has a lot to learn," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "That was just uncalled for."


    13. Never swing at a 3-0 pitch when your team has a comfortable lead.Vladimir Guerrero swung at a 3-0 offering in a 2001 game against the Mets with his team leading 10-0, and pitcher Turk Wendell promptly drilled him.


    19. Applicable to broadcasters and players alike, never mention "no-hitter" when a pitcher has one working.

    20. Never steal another team's signs -- or at least never get caught doing so. It is particularly taboo for the batter to peek at the catcher's signs from the batter's box. Stealing signs from second base is considered gamesmanship but still requires retribution.
    A lot of those rules are silly, but these are particularly ridiculous. Pitchers can be such babies.

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    I think the taboo against mentioning a no-hitter while it's in progress is less a sanction than it is pure superstition. Most of that list involves a team or player committing an "infraction" against their opponent, but the Silent Treatment on no-hitters is really for that pitcher's own teammates more than anything else. And announcers will not keep a 7-inning no-hitter quiet -- they want fans to spread the word and get viewers to switch on the game. Ballplayers are notoriously superstitious, however. Mickey Mantle told a great story about Don Larsen's perfect game in the '56 World Series. As Larsen kept putting up goose eggs, the Yankee players starting sitting away from their pitcher on the bench and keeping their collective mouths shut. All but one guy, that is: Larsen himself. Mickey said that Larsen came right up to him in the dugout around the 7th and said "Hey Mick do you realize I haven't allowed a base runner yet?" Mantle didn't know what to say to that one.

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    #10 is stupid also. If the score is tied and a pitcher is throwing a no hitter into the 7th inning....you do all you can to score and have your team win. F the no hitter. YOur trying to win, not have the other team show you up by pitching a no hitter. do what you can to get on base...thats what i say.

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    On that same point, as a Mets fan I've never witnessed a no-hitter by a Mets pitcher, but the one that came closest was in early July 1969. Tom Seaver was pitching lights out versus the Cubs and had a perfect game going into the 9th. The first batter in the 9th for the Cubs was catcher Randy Hundley, who proceeded to lay down a bunt and try to break up the Perfecto. It didn't work as Seaver pounced on the ball and easily threw out Hundley. Looking back, I wasn't bothered by the attempt then or now. Seaver was so dominating that night that Chicago had to try something else. However, the very next batter - the infamous Jimmy Qualls - poked a soft single to ruin the perfect game and no-no.

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    You forgot to mention that if you are a socially retarded infantile moron playing left field for Boston you can ignore all of these unwritten rules and it will not only be accepted but admired by the pink-hat-wearing bandwagon lemmings that make up your pathetic fanbase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffboy View Post
    You forgot to mention that if you are a socially retarded infantile moron playing left field for Boston you can ignore all of these unwritten rules and it will not only be accepted but admired by the pink-hat-wearing bandwagon lemmings that make up your pathetic fanbase.
    Did your father beat you with a Yankee belt buckle?

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