Baseball is a very popular sport that has been played for decades and players have always tried to keep it as clean and respectful as possible by following some common sense rules. Baseball is not a contact sport and it certainly is not a sport of violence and peace on the field is kept with the help of some unwritten baseball rules and etiquette. Here are some of the baseball rules that help players develop a nice and clean game without getting on each other’s nerves.
Avoid getting on the mound
A pitcher’s mound is a place that has to be respected and other players must stay out of the mound to avoid disrespecting the pitcher. Considering there is plenty of room around the mound, players have to avoid it by a wide margin and stay off the grass.
Don’t talk about no-hitters
In case a pitcher is five-plus innings into a perfect no-hitter game, an unspoken rule of baseball says that it should not be mentioned, especially if you are a teammate, otherwise it will bring bad luck. The announcers and fans tend to break this rule, but players try to stick to it as much as possible.
Don’t steal a base when your team runs the game
Stealing a base is a lack of respect, even more when your team has an advantage over the other team. If the score is already in your favor by many points, trying to steal a base looks awful and makes you disrespectful.
Never rub the hit mark
This rule may sound hilarious, but it’s actually a matter of manhood and resistance of the players. If a player ever gets hit by a pitch, they must never rub the spot even though it hurts very much. Not rubbing the mark shows that you are a strong player and that nothing can hurt you although many players ended up in the hospital after a hit.
Stay off the cutout when the pitcher is getting ready
The area around the plate is designed only for the pitcher and no one should attempt to enter this place. Even if the hitter is getting very close, they should never get on the cutout when the pitcher is warming up.
Don’t admire your home run
When you hit a home run, it’s a sign of respect to act like you’ve hit one before and it’s not such a big deal for you. Never stop to watch the home run instead of running the bases because you will look stupid since you are not even sure that the ball will leave the park.