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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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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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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 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.

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    AmaZing

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

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