The Baseball Codes

The Baseball Codes

Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-clearing Brawls : the Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime

Book - 2010
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Everyone knows that baseball is a game of complicated rules, but it turns out to be even more complex than we realize. Jason Turbow and Michael Duca take us behind the scenes of the great American pastime. Players talk about the game as they never have before, breaking the code of secrecy that surrounds so much of baseball, both on the field and in the clubhouse. We learn why pitchers sometimes do retaliate when one of their teammates is hit by a pitch and other times let it go. We hear about the subtle forms of payback that occur when a player violates the rules out of ignorance instead of disrespect. We find out why cheating is acceptable (but getting caught at cheating is not), and how off-field tensions can get worked out on the diamond. These tacit rules are illuminated with often incredible stories about everyone from national heroes true eccentrics.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424694
Branch Call Number: 796.357 T931b 2010
Characteristics: vi, 294 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Duca, Michael


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Jun 23, 2011

This is a fun book full of anecdotal incidents and general baseball quirkiness. I enjoyed it even without having much knowledge of baseball myself, although there were one or two terms I had to google. It's a light easy read, but doesn't have much of an overall narrative which might annoy some readers but which I didn't mind at all. Just sort of a 'Hey, there's some stuff going on in this game that you might not know about, allow me to show you' kind of book.


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