Unwritten Rules Newsbeat
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Mark Buehrle teaches baseball’s off-field unwritten rules to Marcus Stroman.
The two talk pitching, naturally, but Buehrle has taken Stroman under his wing in other areas too. Most importantly is how to be a good rookie.
“I think he’s been doing the dumbest stuff and I’ve had to call him out,” said Buehrle. “I think the majority of stuff, pitching wise, I’m not going to sit there and take credit for anything. We’ve talked a few times about little things but I think the biggest thing that I’ve tried to direct him and I tell every young guy that comes up, I say listen, I was a rookie, got picked on, I didn’t like it. You’re going to get picked on, you’re going to have to get your stuff done to you but if you have a question about where you need to be, what you need to wear, what you need to do, any of those questions come ask me and I’m going to lead you in the right direction.”
“I got my ass handed to me in the third inning, sitting there and I got taken out,” said Buehrle. “I look over and I see him with a drink and a bag of chips in his hand, sitting there eating it. I wasn’t really in the mood to tell him what to do, what not to do but I went over, ‘Hey dude, you can’t be having a bag of chips here on the bench.’”
Monday, July 28, 2014
David Ortiz’s three-run home run would be all the Red Sox needed in yesterday’s 3-2 win over Tampa. But he couldn’t have known that at the time—it was the third inning—yet Ortiz flipped his bat like he had just won a game, setting off yet another war of words with the Rays.
“I don’t know what makes him think that he can showboat the way he does, and then nobody retaliates,” said Rays pitcher Chris Archer. . . “Whatever, dude,” Ortiz said. “There’s always going to be comments out there. He’s not the right guy to be saying that, I think. He’s got two days in the league, and to be ######## and complaining about stuff like that.”
The Rays are a truly dislikable, whining bunch of twits. All credit to their front office, but what a bunch of tosspots.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Arruebarrena, whom the Dodgers signed to a five-year, $25 million contract during spring training after he defected from Cuba, didn’t take kindly to be being brushed back by Bolsinger and allowed the anger to stew a bit.
The purpose pitch likely stemmed from Arruebarrena’s home run on Friday, in which he took nearly 35 seconds to round the bases.
Nearly 35 seconds! And nobody blocked home plate! Who’s running enforcement at the AAA level?
Mike Jacobs sighting.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Rasmus, who singled and later scored off Lewis in the fourth, laid down a bunt with two outs and Toronto up, 2-0, in the fifth, with the Rangers playing the shift on him. Lewis fielded the ball, but Rasmus reached first base safely and was credited with an infield single.
“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis said. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”
When pressed further on what the problem with Rasmus’ bunt was, Lewis insinuated that the outfielder put himself before his team.
“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average,” Lewis said.
The bunt itself wasn’t the only thing that bothered Lewis, who threw five innings of two-run ball, falling to 6-7 on the season. Lewis felt that if Rasmus was going to bunt in that situation, he should have been taking off for second once he reached base.
“[Rasmus] didn’t steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position,” Lewis said. “That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn’t appreciate it.”
Does someone want to play devil’s advocate here? Because I’m lost.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Milwaukee Journal, July 1, 1914:
Ball players never hand the ball to an umpire? [sic] It would be a violation of one of the strictest of the unwritten laws of the game. Even though a player is within a couple of paces, or one pace, of an umpire, he will flip the ball to him. Why this is true the majority of players cannot say. When asked one of them stated: “Guess it’s just because we don’t like to have any more to do with an umpire than is absolutely necessary…”
I’d never thought about it before, but this is still the case, isn’t it?
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Rockies led 8-3 in the eighth when Dickerson fouled away a pitch and knocked off Laird’s facemask.
With his next pitch, Atlanta reliever David Carpenter hit Dickerson in the thigh and was ejected.
“I guess Carpenter thought it was on purpose,” Dickerson said.
Ah, those loveable scamps are at it again.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
A lot of good stuff here.
When I was with the Jays, everyone was quiet in the presence of Roy Halladay. You got out of his way, didn’t talk to him during his routine, and kept any conversations with him short. He was one star that set the tone for the whole locker room. When he was around, the organization talked about how everyone should emulate his work ethic and how it made the clubhouse a place of business. When he left, everyone talked about how his personality made the clubhouse a dark and moody place, and players need to know balance to succeed.
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.
Posted: June 03, 2014 at 08:44 PM | 35 comment(s)
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson says, “There are so many unwritten rules because it’s such an old game. It’s such a technical game. There are so many opportunities for gamesmanship. It creates such drama. It’s such a game of respect. It’s a game that punishes those who are selfish.”
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy asks, “But aren’t there unwritten rules in every industry? In journalism, you can’t steal sources, right? In hockey, guys don’t take their skates off and slash an opponent’s throat with the blade. In football, you never see a guy take off his helmet and just bludgeon an opponent. We’ve been playing baseball since the 1800s. We just have more unwritten rules.”
And every one of them is debatable and fluid and arbitrary…
Several years ago, Joe Horn, a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, scored a touchdown, pulled out a cell phone that he had taped inside the goal post, and made a call, or at least pretended to.
“And no one in football cared!” Baker says. “If that had happened in baseball ... if someone had hit a home run, reached home plate, took a cell phone out of his stirrup and called someone, he wouldn’t finish the phone call. There would be balls flying into both dugouts. It would be like a Cuban winter-ball game, with guys running around with bats in their hands. Oh my God, the world would stop spinning on its axis. The ice caps would melt.”
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Mejia’s final pitch was an inning-ending called strike three to Brett Gardner, and he celebrated by moonwalking off the mound:
Monday, May 05, 2014
Mackenzie has been coaching the team for seven years and says his decision comes down to basic respect for the game.
“To me, the hair issue is part of the uniform,” he said. “It’s like the hat. It’s like the jersey. It’s all part of the appearance and that’s important to me, to have respect for yourself and for your other team mates.”
The kid says that he’s growing it out to donate to a cancer charity. I’ll leave you to make your own decisions about the respect and moral values there.
Friday, April 25, 2014
It’s fun when people try new things, and while it’s worth noting that the owners probably didn’t mind the payroll slashing (and fans generally are paying major league prices to watch a team bottom out on purpose), you find yourself giving the Astros the benefit of the doubt. It’s exciting to see smart people doing something different. You want to see it work out for them. You want them to, eventually, succeed.
Which is why it’s probably time for the manager to get with the program. Because all this new school innovation that’s making them so likable is being completely undone by a manager who is starting to look like a reactionary, delusional idiot. ...
It would be fair to say that the last fortnight of Bo Porter’s professional life has not been among his proudest. (It has been even worse than that time he failed to understand basic substitution patterns.) I’m beginning to wonder if losing 111 games in a season caused something in his brain to pop. ...
Basically, Bo Porter, as the public face of this supposedly likable Astros organization has decided that the fact that Jed Lowrie bunted against his shift in the first inning of a seven-run game—something almost no one other than Porter seriously thinks was wrong—means there should be a lifetime bounty out on him. Even under the vague, confusing umbrella of unwritten rules, this makes no sense. It’s reckless and moronic. He’s a toddler carrying around a gun without a safety.
I don’t know what’s going on with Porter and the Houston Astros. Maybe he has just lost too many games and has snapped. Maybe he’s just an angry person. Maybe he is a time traveler who has come to us from the future, and it turns out Lowrie, via the butterfly effect, needed to be hit to stop future Hitler or something. But right now, he’s making that whole organization look worse than 111 losses ever could.
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