18 Weird Baseball Rules

18 Weird Baseball Rules

America's Pastime's a Weird Sport OK

1. You can spit anywhere, literally anywhere, except on the ball.

2. Baseball is played on grass and dirt, but if the ball get’s dirty they replace it with a new one. About 70 baseballs are used in a game. This is an unspoken rule, but proof that to become an umpire you have to be diagnosed with OCD.

3. Pitchers are aloud to use Rosin Bags, they help keep moisture off their hands and provide more traction and better grip on the ball. That being said, the umpire has the specific authority to instruct the pitcher to put the Rosin Bag in his pocket in the case of wet weather.

4. If the batter hits the catcher, it’s the catcher’s fault. Because, you know, he just head-butted that bat. Out of nowhere!

5. If the catcher doesn’t catch the ball the batter get’s a walk to first. I mean, it is their job... so.

6. There are Lots of weird pitcher rules. One is that they have to come to complete stand still before pitching to the batter.

7. Another strange pitcher rule. The pitcher can throw the ball to one of the bases if he thinks a runner is trying to steal a base. But he can't fake out the batter, he can't pretend to begin to throw the ball to first but then switch it up and throw to second last minute. Well, kind of, the actual phrasing, in the actual rulebook, it he cant switch it up after his body "has committed to the throw." When, exactly, the body commits to the throw is never really defined.

8. If the ball get’s stuck in the catcher’s mask the runners get to advance a base. Seriously though, they’ve broken tied games with this rule. This rule also applies to the umpire’s mask. The rule uses this wording: “lodges in the umpire’s or catcher’s mask or paraphernalia”. If you’re confused by the word paraphernalia here, you’re not alone.

9. Umpires can’t confer with players or spectators. They must get lonely sometimes, that's probably why they never smile.

10. A normal baseball game is 9 innings but if the score is tied at the end, they just have another inning, and another, and another, and another. Until the tie is broken. As a result the longest baseball game was in 1984. It was 8 hours and 25 minutes long and after 33 innings the Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

11. If a batter is walked while the bases are loaded then he get a RBI, “Run Batted In” because all the base runners advance a base, including the player on third. Even though the bat didn’t make any contact with the ball.

12. Players can only catch the ball with their hand, or their mitt. You can’t use your hat or your shirt or anything that’s not your bare hand or the mitt. If the ball is caught, or even touched intentionally, by a player with anything other than their bare hand or glove, on their hand, all runners, including the batter, get to advance three bases.

13. This ones a but complicated, so stay with me. If the batter has two strikes and a runner steals home, and the pitcher hits the runner in the strike zone the batter is out. The run does not count if there are two out. BUT if there are less than two outs, it does. Go figure.

14. If a fielder deflects a fair ball into the stands, it counts as a home run. Ok, making complete sense so far… wait there’s more. Unless the deflection somehow happens within 250 ft, or closer, to the home plate. Then all runners can only advance to bases. How they could ever find themselves in that position in the first place.... is up to your imagination.

15. There’s no rules about the size of the baseball field. Yes, the diamond part of the field has to comply with specific measurements. But the outfield part… not so much. When you think about it the size of the outfield really affects likelihood and amount of homers which can really affect the score. See here's a layered outline of some MLB fields.

16. If a baserunner passes another baserunner while running the bases, the one passed is automatically out. Even if there's a home run and they're all going to end up in the same place anyway.

17. The runner must touch all the bases in order. Ok, ok, this makes sense considering the fact that you have to be one the bag to be safe. But even if they hit a home run. Yeah, they're not doing a victory lap, they have to do that. Even if you fall mid-lap, like Cub's Kyle Schwarber here. You have to get up and continue but everyone will laugh at you, it's all part of the rules.

18. An infield fly is when a ball stays in the infield that isn't a bunt or line drive. If the umpire makes the judgment that an infielder, catcher, or pitcher could catch it with ordinary effort (whatever that means) the batter is out, even if no one caught it, even if they did catch it and then dropped it. The ball is still in play so any baserunners who began to advance can still continue and the normal rules apply to them.

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MLB Players Who Tested Positive For PEDs Do Not Deserve The Honor Of Being In The Hall Of Fame

Legendary player or not, if you cheated, you do not deserve to be a hall of famer.

For years now, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not players who tested positive for steroids and other PEDs or Performance Enhancing Drugs should be allowed to be inducted into the Major League Baseball hall of fame. I full heartedly believe that these players do not deserve the same honors as players who have spent their whole careers clean of these drugs, and put the work in in the weight room, instead of getting juiced.

I do agree that players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are legends who were some of the best in the game, but I still believe they do not deserve the same honors as Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, and newly inducted players such as Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, and Vladimir Guerrero. Because why should we hold players who cheated to the same honor as players who spent their whole careers clean? Even the Hall of Fame chairman wants to keep him out.

Growing up as kids, we were always taught that cheating is frowned upon and that there would be consequences if we got caught cheating.

Say you and a classmate are preparing for a big exam tomorrow in your class, you study all week for it and even pull an all-nighter for the exam while your classmate stole the study guide and cheats on the exam. You both get perfect scores on the exam even though your classmate who cheated got caught, how would you feel? Pretty pissed right? You worked so for that exam while you classmate got caught cheating and still gets the same honor as you.

The same goes for MLB players, if a player like Barry Bonds who is a legend who tested positive for steroids get inducted in the hall of fame, then he would be taking the place of someone who spent their whole career clean. To me, I think that is unfair because steroid and PED users do not deserve the same honor as players who are clean regardless of how good they were. For more information click here .

Recently, I have seen articles defending players who tested positive for steroids and why they should be allowed into the hall of fame. I do agree with one point that was made, where Barry Bonds was one of the best players in the MLB in 1997 before the “steroid era” began and before all the allegations were made against him.

Although this is a solid point, I must respectfully disagree because this is still no excuse that should be used to make his case for the hall of fame. He still took steroids, he still cheated and he should not be rewarded by being inducted into the hall of fame.

But that doesn’t just go for Bonds, or Sosa or McGwire, it goes for any player who tested positive for the use of steroids. It should not matter when they took steroids, they still cheated and there should be consequences for players who cheat, regardless of what fetes they have achieved.

People have also tried to argue with me that Barry Bonds is the current home run record holder at 762, so he should automatically be in the hall of fame despite the fact he used steroids. Every time I hear this I always say, So? He still cheated. Because it is the truth, holding a scoring title is still no excuse for taking steroids, it shouldn’t be something to help us look past the fact that he cheated.

When we look at the hall of fame players, we look at players who have had decorated careers because they worked for it in the weight room, in the batting cages, and on the field. These players have been clean and worked for these achievements, they’re Hall of Famers for a reason. Not because they cheated their way through their careers. For more information click here.

My point is, it should not matter how decorated your career was, no matter how many records you have or even if you are considered to be the one of the greatest players of all time, if you cheated at all during your career, you do not deserve the honor of being inducted into the hall of fame and be forever immortalized among players who had clean careers and worked their asses off day to get to where they are today.

When it comes to sports, there are not cutting corners, hard work is the only way to success and I am a firm believer in this. Cheating is so often frowned upon in our society, so why don’t we frown upon it when it comes to baseball?

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Believe It Or Not, Valentine's Day Is NOT The Most Exciting Day This Month

Shocking, I know.

There's a day coming up this month - very soon, actually - that I know a lot of people are excited about. We've been planning for it weeks in advance. We've picked out our outfits, we've planned dates and parties and get-togethers. The smell of spring is in the air, there are red and white colors everywhere, and I'm fantasizing about freshly cut grass.

No, I'm not talking about Valentine's Day, as you may have guessed.

I'm talking about the Opening Day of Spring Training. Sure football is fun, the Super Bowl happened! Yay! Look at all the snacks I had! But baseball is what holds this little girl's heart.

I know that I (and many others, besides,) have basically been counting down since the Astros won Game 7 of the World Series (and got their first title in franchise history in the process, yay!) and the season opener begins with an exhibition game on February 21st, with the Diamondbacks hosting Arizona State Uni in Scottsdale, AZ.

Soon after that, on February 23rd, we begin the Grapefruit and Cactus league play (or, in other terms: the teams whose spring training is based out of Florida and Arizona, respectively.) Grapefruit League includes the New York Yankees located at George M. Steinbrunner field - that's not too far from Tampa; the Philadelphia Phillies (in Spectrum Field, Clearwater); and my personal favorite, the Boston Red Sox at Jetblue Park at Fenway South, located in Fort Meyers.

Cactus league includes the Chicago Cubs (Sloan Park, Mesa), the San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale), and the Los Angeles Angels, in Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe.

And on February 24th, all 30 teams of the MLB will officially be in action! You can catch this girl obsessively rocking her meager Red Sox gear (but trying SO hard to save up for a Benitendi jersey!), and becoming more and more grossed out by her boyfriend, who is a hardcore Yankees fan (BLEGH!)

She is also going to be cheering for the Phillies at the Yankees V Phillies game on February 26th - she's going because she was promised nachos. (And also, even though she hates the Yanks, it's hard not to be in awe of the pure muscle that is Aaron Judge, so she's going exclusively to look at him.)

And after that? Well, at least there's one team my BF and I will always root for. Spot us at as many USF baseball games as we can possibly manage- we'll be the ones with a mound of stadium food beside us.

Because really, I wrote this article to talk about Opening Day, but here's a little secret:

I am most, MOST excited about the stadium food. Gimmie a hotdog and a helmet full of nachos, please.

And a Coke on the side while you're at it.

Here is a photo of my legs, my boyfriend's glove, and my ticket to my first spring training game last year where I got to see the Red Sox for the VERY FIRST TIME. I took many photos of them, all of which are saved on my Snapchat, and none of which are very good, otherwise they'd be in this article.

Actually, just kidding. Here is David Price's butt.

Have a nice day.

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