After last nights actions in the Dodgers vs Padres game there are alot of people saying Grienke was out of line throwing at Quentin. Well I’m here to explain it a little better to you along with 9 other unwritten rules of baseball.
Baseball is a very traditional sport, as well as probably the most superstitious one. Along with baseball’s culture come a lot of unwritten rules that form a code of conduct of sorts. These are some of the most important rules in the sport that you’ll never find written in any rule book and yet are almost always followed to the letter.
1. Don’t talk about a no-hitter in progress
There are a lot of unwritten rules about no-hitters, but this is the better know one. During a no-hitter, players and often announcers don’t ever mention the words “no-hitter” as it is believed that uttering that phrase can jinx it. What’s more, after the 5th inning of this, players tend to stop talking to the pitcher altogether and no one is allowed to sit in the pitcher’s seat in the dugout. Take Brandon Belt, for instance, who sat in Matt Cain’s seat during his perfect game on 2012. No one liked that.
2. With two outs, don’t steal third
This is both an unwritten rule and, well, common sense. If you are on third then you’re already on a scoring position. Why would you risk being caught stealing on this situation, considering it could end the inning?
3. If a teammate is thrown at on purpose, retaliate
Intentionally hitting a batter, in any circumstance, should definitely not be tolerated. I would love to see some new rulings around this, even though I admit it’s complicated sometimes to determine whether a hit by pitch was intentional or not. But, if a guy is thrown at especially your star player, it is your pitchers job to have his teammates back. It’s baseballs way of policing it self. Kind of like fighting in hockey when a player makes a dirty hit on your star player.
2013’s World Baseball Classic and last nights actions in the Dodgers Padres game have shown us a lot of the silliness in this rule but it is important.
4. No stepping on a pitchers mound
Pitchers demand their space. To them, the mound is a sacred place which they and only they can access from the first to the last pitch they throw. It is common courtesy to not step on it, not even if you’re the manager or pitching coach.
5. Never bunt during a no-hitter
Bunts are often seen as a cheap way to try to get on base. Bunting during a no-hitter, however, is seen as nothing short of offensive. If you’re going to break a no-hitter, you’re supposed to slam a line drive into the field like a big boy.
The last time I remember seeing this was during a game where Verlander was no-hitting the Angels in 2011. Erick Aybar came up to bunt, which upset Verlander and generated tons of opinions from the pretty much everyone. Still, it was quite justified as the point of the game is to win, isn’t it?
6. Don’t rub yourself after being hit by a pitch
In baseball, you have to be a man. You cannot show any weakness at the plate because it is believed that, once weaknesses are exposed, they will be exploited. If you are hit as a pitch, don’t even touch the place where it hit. Just act all tough and go on with your business.
7. Don’t stare at a home run
So let’s say you’re José Bautista and you hit a homer. Since that happens like every two at bats, you’re not supposed to stare at it. Like the routine it is. You should just focus on running the bases. Admiring with a long stare your home run is disrespectful.
8. Power hitters should not bunt
This is sort of a common sense rule, here. Why would you ever have someone like Ryan Howard bunt? You should never, ever, have players bunting when they are slower than turtles. A power hitter will always have a bigger chance of moving a runner up with a nice hit than with a risky bunt.
9. No base stealing during a rout
Base stealing is a risky business. This type of play can be dangerous for players, what with a lot of things happening very quickly including throws, slides and more. Thus, managers usually don’t like to steal bases when the score seems out of hand. Of course, this rule is not written in permanent ink, and a lot of people think that you should never step off the pedal, no matter how much you’re winning or losing by. Still, it can be a very insulting move.
10. Left and right fielders concede everything to the center fielder
It can be very tricky to coordinate fielders when they’re trying to put away a high fly ball and are obviously not looking at each other. The easiest way (and more often than not, the best) of doing this is just letting the center fielder do it, as he’s typically the best defender and tends to be in a better position to throw the ball towards the infield.
I hope this helps people understand the complex world of baseball.