Posted at 3:13 PM on July 21, 2008
by Steve Rudolph
In hockey, "The Code" sometimes polices the game better than the officials. Unfortunately baseball's unwritten rules either need codifying or need to be chucked.
The latest incident involving the game's unwritten rules was on display Saturday when the Toronto pitcher Brandon League took offense to the Rays Dionner Navarro bunting for a single in the sixth inning with his team up 5-0.
League was ejected for hitting Navarro in his next at bat. Maybe if the league suspends him we can be done with these stupid rules. (It should be noted that the Jays had the tying run at the plate in the 9th making League's actions even more absurd.)
At what point during a perfect game is it no longer acceptable to bunt for a base hit?
Can you steal a base when your team is up by five runs?
If you ask me bunting and stealing are allowed in the rules and always acceptable.
We're talking about professional baseball players here, not little leaguers. If their feelings are hurt by a drubbing they should either stop the other team from scoring or give back their paychecks.
Do you agree with me or am I way off base here?
That's just ridiculous. A 5 run lead in the 6th inning is no huge hurdle in today's game, so you can't blame a team for trying to add insurance runs. I have no problem with pitchers backing guys off the plate, or hitting guy's for showing them up, but this is one of the rules that needs to be chucked.
I agree with the point in the referenced article. If you don't like it, then play better.
On a semi-related topic, does anyone else get a kick out of all the flak that guys like Gomez and Casilla are getting for bunting? Now that's just ridiculous...