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The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Light summer baseball raad

The author delivers exactly what he promises...stories that relate to the many unwritten codes of major league baseball. If you're a fan of the game, you'll love this book. At times intense, the stories are also often funny, and they range from the early days of the...
The author delivers exactly what he promises...stories that relate to the many unwritten codes of major league baseball. If you're a fan of the game, you'll love this book. At times intense, the stories are also often funny, and they range from the early days of the major leagues all the way to stories from just a year ago. As my title says - this is a light read and you'll fly through it. Completely enjoyable.

posted by SlapShot62 on May 30, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fun easy read

I am a baseball story hound and thoroughly enjoyed the stories,especially the in-depth Nolan Ryan Robin Ventura brawl,the background info and cites from witness was great.I only give it 3 stars cause many of the stories were covered in other books. I still enjoyed the b...
I am a baseball story hound and thoroughly enjoyed the stories,especially the in-depth Nolan Ryan Robin Ventura brawl,the background info and cites from witness was great.I only give it 3 stars cause many of the stories were covered in other books. I still enjoyed the book.

posted by OrangeBowl on April 22, 2010

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Light summer baseball raad

    The author delivers exactly what he promises...stories that relate to the many unwritten codes of major league baseball. If you're a fan of the game, you'll love this book. At times intense, the stories are also often funny, and they range from the early days of the major leagues all the way to stories from just a year ago. As my title says - this is a light read and you'll fly through it. Completely enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    A must read for anyone who loves the national pastime or sports

    Did you wonder why A's pitcher Dallas Braden yelled at Yankees thrid baseman Alex Rodriguez for walking across the pitchers mound? The Baseball Codes will explain it all in an entertaining and insightful way. The book has a nice flow and pace, and even the casual sports fan will enjoy learning the do's and don'ts of ballplayer comportment. Don't let the affable, PED using, ballplayer demeanor fool you - violate the code and retribution can be swift and vicious! Spring is here and so is the Baseball Codes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    Fun easy read

    I am a baseball story hound and thoroughly enjoyed the stories,especially the in-depth Nolan Ryan Robin Ventura brawl,the background info and cites from witness was great.I only give it 3 stars cause many of the stories were covered in other books. I still enjoyed the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    There are rules and there are rules!

    Under what circumstances is it always wrong to steal a base? When should a team "call off the dogs"? And when is it wrong to bunt for a hit? The delightful new book Baseball Codes, subtitled "The unwritten rules of Baseball," offers answers to these and many other questions about apparently counterintuitive or difficult to understand decisions made by players throughout the course of a game or season.
    Motivated by honor, "respect" for the game, superstition, or out of a desire not to anger the "baseball gods," among other reasons, players often engage in repetitive rituals, may refuse to take advantage of opportunities to get on base and score runs, and sometimes retaliate against seemingly innocent opposing players who did nothing more serious than play for a team that violated some "rule" comprising the baseball code, an unwritten set of rules that have evolved over more than a century of the national pasttime. These unwritten rules, though not carved in stone, and capable of evolution, explain why, for example, a batter who breaks up a no-hitter with a bunt is considered a punk and may merit retaliation--or a beatdown from his teammates--at a future date.
    The book is filled with portions of interviews of some of the game's greats and anecdotes describing "violations" of the code and the punishment that was meted out in consequence. Every baseball fan who wants to understand the game a little better, and have a great time in the process, would do themselves a favor by reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    I like farting

    Farting rules. i am so popular and you losers are. Haha suckers. Farticles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Welcome Commanders!

    Welcome to your quarters! Here you shall discuss Nook threats and constant issues with the Nook environment. You then shall take a group of privates to terminate the hazards to the Nook environment. Remember, protect the good rpers of the Nook environment at all costs! Good luck!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    AmaZing

    Love baseball rule books they teach you so much more aboutthe sport.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Rocks

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2011

    Hl

    Kdddddisd

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    awesome

    couldnt put it down

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Hilarious!

    This book showed the outrageous things that can occur in America's favorite pastime and sometimes made me laugh out loud.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    Intriguing, but boesn't go far enough down the rabbit hole

    As a sports fan, I always am craving to look behind the curtain and visit what most fans never see. Turbow's book does a good job of that, revealing the unspoken rules that nearly dominate the game. For myself, though, the book doesn't go far enough. I would have like to see an overarching opinion on why these "rules" exist and continue to have a life within the game. This "code of honor" equates to a "code of silence" which should make a fan question what else he/she isn't being told about the sport they love. Nonetheless, it is a good read that may revisit some familiar stories, but delves into forgotten ones worth knowing.

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