In not just Major League baseball, but in college, high school, and even little league baseball, there are unwritten rules that players know you should or shouldn’t follow. Many people have different views on these specific rules. To be honest, it really depends on whether or not any of the rules are against the team you’re rooting for. There are unwritten rules in baseball that players break and the outcome could be him being looked at as a dirty player or being looked at as having his teammates back. Let’s take a look at a handful of them.
1. Don’t steal bases when you’re winning by a lot.
Come on…you just look like a fool if you’re trying to snag a bag when you’re up ten runs. Players that do this can argue that they’re just trying to help their team win, but in my eyes, I see a player who is trying to boost his stats. I understand you’re fast, but how about you put on the afterburners and wait to get into scoring position in a game that’s actually close.
2. If a pitcher hits a teammate, hit one of theirs.
You can see this a lot every year in baseball. If this were to happen, you would see the opposing team either hitting their pitcher (if they’re in the National League), or their best player in the lineup. This can lead to the benches clearing and then suspensions being given to some players, usually the pitcher who is throwing at the batter. I personally agree with this unwritten rule. You want to protect your teammates and not have the other team boss you or any of your teammates around. In the Major Leagues, you’re with your teammates every day and you can consider your team a family. That being said, you wouldn’t want a player on the other team hurting one of your “family members.” That means you would retaliate and hit someone back. Coaches usually don’t even tell pitchers to hit a player back because they realize their pitchers know this unwritten rule.
2a. If you’re throwing at a hitter, don’t throw at his head.
This is obvious. A nice shot to the ribs will teach not just the hitter, but the entire team, a lesson not to throw at your teammate. Throwing at the hitter’s head is just Bush League. One pitch to the batter’s head could ruin his career. It’s idiotic and terrible for the game.
3. Don’t “showboat” your home run.
Pitchers HATE this. When a batter launches a ball to the moon and does a bat flip, walks to first base, and then take 30 seconds to trot around the bases, they are basically asking to get hit in their next at bat. David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, and Yasiel Puig are just a handful of players who are known to do this. These three players specifically know that they will probably hit more home runs in the future. So pitchers tend to think why they would act like it’s their first and last home run in their career. It’s an unwritten rule for a reason. To show young players to have good sportsmanship and play the game the right way.
4. Don’t bunt to break up a no-hitter or perfect game.
If you’re facing a pitcher that is on his game and is having something special like a no-hitter or a perfect game, don’t try to end it by testing the pitcher’s mobility. Bunting is like cheating on a test. You know you can’t answer the questions, so you’re going to be successful by looking at the person’s answers next to you. You know you can’t hit this pitcher so you’re going to try to simply stick your bat out and bunt the ball to get a hit. In my opinion, I think it shows no competitiveness for the hitter. If the pitcher is lights out, just try to square a pitch and drive one up the middle. Don’t take the easy way out and lay one down.
5. Don’t step on the pitchers mound.
Pitchers call the pitching mound their home for however long they last in a game. They do rituals on it whether it’s before an inning or before every pitch. The last thing they want is someone running over, especially during the inning. So batters should respect that unwritten rule because it is private property for them.
There are so many more unwritten rules in baseball. Some that are weird, some funny for a fan to read, but also fairly understandable. I think unwritten rules are good for baseball. Many others have different opinions of the rules. But like I said earlier, it all depends on whether or not the rules are against the team you’re rooting for.