Because it’s time baseball’s most important rules, the ones enforced without ever being printed, are (not so) seriously discussed.
1. A batter should never bunt during a no-hitter.
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“to play or not to play, that is the question”. With apologies to William Shakespeare, the conundrum surrounding bunting during a no-hitter has long been the most difficult question facing major and minor leaguers alike.
I’d like to think the “bard of avon” would agree with me… but he never played baseball.
Any pitcher will tell you that a hitter who attempts to break up a no-hitter with a bunt should be subjected to all manner of cruel and unusual punishment, regardless of whether the play results in a hit (ask Justin Verlander).
however, when this unwritten rule is violated, the situation in which the violation occurred must be taken into account. In short, there are times when a touch is acceptable.
Is the game out of reach of the batter’s team? Does the batter normally try to bunt for base hits? Did the batter formally announce his intention to break the no-hitter before entering the batter’s box? All these situations must be considered before making a judgement.
If the game is close (some runs) and the batter normally employs bunt as part of his offensive arsenal, bunt during a no-hitter should not be considered on a par with stealing from the church collection plate . .
the batsman is just trying to help his team win; Just because a hit hasn’t been recorded doesn’t mean you should be prevented from playing in a certain way.
(Memo to pitchers: If you don’t like the fact that he just touched you, field the ball and throw it.)
2. a batter should never outshine a pitcher after hitting a home run
We’ve all seen it in postgame highlights: The batter smashes a tape measure home run (or hits one out of the park in a big spot during the game), then takes a few seconds more to admire his handiwork. he maybe he stares at the pitcher or throws his bat before starting a slow jog.
By the time the batter touches home plate (where he may engage in more bragging), the pitcher has planned his revenge. he knows where, when and with what tone he will demand retribution from him.
It will definitely be a fastball with a little more juice behind it.
Obviously pitchers don’t like to allow home runs, and when a batter brags after hitting one, it’s perceived as an assault on the pitcher’s manhood.
This concept of “showing” the launcher has become more prevalent in this era of sports center highlights and the “watch me now” style of the game today. Back in the days of grainy black-and-white game footage, hitters would simply put their heads down and run the bases after hitting their home runs. maybe that’s why this unwritten rule is so important today.
Unless, of course, the pitcher did something to incur the batter’s anger (for example, intentionally hitting him with a pitch in a previous at-bat). In those cases, I will give the batsman a pass, if he shows his satisfaction more aggressively.
3. after an intentional pitch hit, the batter’s team must retaliate against an opposing batter
This rule also has its roots in the early days of the game. From the moment Abner Doubleday placed the bases 90 feet away, baseball players have been controlling themselves with the fastball.
If the hit batter is deemed to be an intentional act, retaliation by the pitcher of the victim’s team is immediately authorized, whether explicitly stated by the manager or implied by the words and actions of teammates team.
retaliation is usually nothing more than a fastball placed directly between the numbers of a player of comparable skill on the opposing team.
case open, case closed.
The art of retaliation is so ingrained in the minds of players and fans that it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which it would be acceptable for a pitcher not to follow this unwritten rule.
That is, unless the umpire advised him that intentionally hitting a batter will result in ejection. even if that’s the case, some pitchers will pitch to batters anyway.
As they say, boys will be boys.
4. never mention a no-hit game while it’s in progress
saying the words “no hits” will always get the attention of the people listening to you.
want to know who just released one or wonder why %#@& did you just mention it while the game is still running!?
If you’re a player on the same team as the guy throwing a no-hitter, under no circumstances can you break this unwritten rule and mention that your pitcher hasn’t given up a hit yet.
Players often go to extremes in this regard, sitting as far away from the pitcher as possible and refusing to speak to him between innings.
however, if you’re a member of the media, you can break this rule any time (usually starting in the fifth inning of a no-hitter). If you follow @mlb on twitter, you’ll even see in-game updates when a pitcher is threatening perfection.
When it comes to players, this unwritten rule is truly unbreakable. Whether by tradition or superstition, players always respect this rule. for the media, it’s something to scoff at.
5. after being hit by a pitch, never rub the mark
if you’re a baseball player… well, there’s really no way you can break this one. you’re a man, right?