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HBT Daily: The dumbest invocation of the unwritten rules in baseball history

Jul 21, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

  1. jre80 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    STOP THE SHIFTS!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

    • tbird05 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      I say we just stop complaining about bunt hits while the shift is employed. If we got rid of situational infield and outfield positioning, what would the bench coaches do?

    • clydeserra - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      sure. Your team goes first.

  2. timmmah10 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I feel like the shift is more of an offense than the bunt. What is the success of a bunt single without the shift? 25%? The only thing that makes this give Rasmus a chance at padding his stats is them playing into it increasing that percentage. Rasmus hits .250 on a good year… so shifting to give him a chance to make a bunt a better percentage play is on the defense, not the hitter.

    I don’t care if their up 10 runs, shifting makes the bunt an intelligent move…

    To be fair though, the way Lewis is getting lit up this year, I don’t think it mattered all that much. Even if Rasmus gets to first, he isn’t the biggest threat to steal, so shut your trap and try to get the next guy to roll two.

    • someguyinva - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      On the subject of Rasmus not being a threat to steal, that fact seems to have eluded Mr. Lewis as well. Quoting the original article from this site on this incident:

      “Lewis also explained that, because Rasmus didn’t attempt to steal on either of the first two pitches Lewis threw to Johnson, Rasmus was simply looking to pad his batting average. Following the game, in which he went 2-for-4, Rasmus is batting .223. He has yet to attempt to steal a base this season.”

  3. tbird05 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I think the Rangers position players should be more offended by these remarks than anyone. His statement seems to suggest that 2 runs is damn near insurmountable.

  4. jwbiii - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    If you’re hitting 224/278/467 and the other team offers you first base, you take it.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Roid rage?

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of two people named Colby fighting over anything that wasn’t Harry Potter related.

  7. mikhelb - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Dumbest in history?

    Seeing how you remember every single one of the “unwritten rules” invokations in history, please give us the next 1000 worst invokations in MLB and say, 100 from Japan, and 100 from every winter league in México and the caribbean.

    Looking forward to reading every single of those.

    • moogro - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Dumbest comment in history. Feel better now?

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      “100 from Japan”


  8. bfunk1978 - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I miss Kay.

  9. rcj22001 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    First, unwritten rules aren’t stupid. Second, this instance is only an unwritten rule in Colby Lewis’ head. You play the game the right way, or you get beaned by a pitch.

    • chrisernst82 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Yeah they are. Unless you add no crying in baseball about the unwritten rules. As a fan i prefer seeing excitement out of players, without fans they work 9-5 like the rest of us. So what we think is more important. I would like to see some of these guys yell at their McDonalds manager about the unwritten rules of fast food.

      Maybe baseball wouldn’t constantly be on the verge of dying if players were allowed to show some enthusiasm. Just hearing all the whining about bat flips is too much. There is a reason why Puig is so popular despite all the whining about his actions. Because its more fun to watch someone who is having fun.

  10. armorgan67 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    This is crazy. First why would put a shift on a batter hitting .224, second maybe just maybe Colby as the pitcher would think that with a big hole in the infield a bunt could be possible and third maybe if he would have gotten to the ball he might have been able to throw him out. With a 2 run lead u need as many runs as you can get and to accomplish that you need base runners. A 2 run lead can disappear in 2 pitches.

    • renaado - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Rasmus is a pull hitter and can drive the ball to right, his batting AVG may be low but some teams wants to avoid a hit even though a probable chance of it is low… The Blue Jays havin a 2 run lead that time is already a big gap for the Rangers cause on how they’re performin this season, the team confidence is definitely low when they’re behind and a chance of a comeback in close games is very minimal.

      This unwritten rule needs to stay out in these kind of situation, I’m against this kind of ruling… Let the ballplayers play the way they want to play.

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