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(ESPN)   New "unwritten rule" in baseball prohibits bunting against a shift when leading in the game   (espn.go.com) divider line 121
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2014-07-20 11:43:27 AM
This "unwritten rules" bullshiat in baseball is annoying as hell.

He might have had a point if the Jays were up 9-0 or something, but the Jays' lead at that point was 2-0.  That's far from a safe lead, and at that point you need to do what you have to do to add to it.
 
2014-07-20 12:05:40 PM
A better "unwritten rule" would be don't play stupid gimmick defenses that leave you wide open.
 
2014-07-20 12:13:36 PM
This just in: losers whine
 
2014-07-20 12:15:30 PM
They were up 2-0 in the 5th? Oh yeah, the game is totally over at that point. The Blue Jays should have stopped trying. In fact, it was bad form for the Rangers to play the shift because they knew that the Jays weren't going to be trying to score anymore.
 
2014-07-20 12:23:30 PM
What a whiney douche
 
2014-07-20 12:32:31 PM
Both of them were named Colby? What are the odds?
 
2014-07-20 12:49:30 PM

Cake Hunter: Both of them were named Colby? What are the odds?


Appropriate.
Neither one of them is very sharp.
 
2014-07-20 12:53:22 PM
are very sharp
 
2014-07-20 01:00:05 PM

bearded clamorer: are very sharp


That's a pretty cheesy joke, anyway
 
2014-07-20 01:01:12 PM

bearded clamorer: are very sharp


You were right the first time. Since you said "neither one", the verb must agree with the singular "one". "Neither" is the negative of "either", which is singular.

If, however, you omitted the "one" and just said "Neither of them", now "neither" is the negative of "both" which would be plural and you would use "are".
 
2014-07-20 01:03:23 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: bearded clamorer: are very sharp

That's a pretty cheesy joke, anyway


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-20 01:13:04 PM
Heyooooooo
 
2014-07-20 01:13:28 PM
My main take-away from TFA is that in the future, when facing this pitcher, coaches and batters have a new fun way to f*ck with him and ruin his concentration.
 
2014-07-20 01:35:15 PM
I played competitive baseball from Little League on through adult leagues until I was 35. I have run across just about every variation of "unwritten" rule out there, and I have never heard of this one before.  What a whiny douche. The entire job of the batter is to get a hit. That's what the game is about. Man up.

Also, I've played with plenty of players are coaches who come from the "If it ain't in the rule book, it ain't a rule" school, and I tend to side more with them than the "but, but, but...tradition" guys who always seem to complain when something goes against them. Sure, it can be a dick move to call for a hit-n-run in the 8th inning with a ten-run lead, but the situation from TFA wasn't in any way comparable.
 
2014-07-20 01:39:43 PM
I don't know all that much about baseball, but it seems a lot of these "unwritten rules" were written three seconds after the opposite team profits by doing something unusual.
 
2014-07-20 01:55:53 PM
 The right-hander was irked when Rasmus laid down a two-out bunt single with the Blue Jays up 2-0 and the Rangers playing the shift.


2-0 in the 5th,?  that game is wide motherfarking open.  Rasmus should have been shouting, "field your position" back to pitcher dude.  this wasn't a bunt in a 7th inning no-hit bid (Curt schilling lost a no-hiter in the 7th or 8th to the Padres some years back) or a 5th inning 9-1 beatdown.  no problem with the bunt here.

Field your position, dude.
 
2014-07-20 02:15:16 PM
I batted left and had a tendency to pull the ball in high school. I was also good at drag bunting. Teams quickly learned not to shift against me.
 
2014-07-20 02:20:32 PM
If they're gonna give it to ya.Take it.
 
2014-07-20 02:21:27 PM
Thumbs up to you, Colby Lewis.  Now the entirety of Major League Baseball knows how much of a whiny little biatch you are.
 
2014-07-20 02:23:45 PM
You're SUPPOSED to bunt into the hole when they put the shift on.  Don't like it?  Don't shift.

Farking pussies.
 
2014-07-20 02:26:34 PM

Donnchadha: They were up 2-0 in the 5th? Oh yeah, the game is totally over at that point. The Blue Jays should have stopped trying. In fact, it was bad form for the Rangers to play the shift because they knew that the Jays weren't going to be trying to score anymore.


I checked TFA just to figure out the circumstances of this "incident."  Seriously, what the fark is that pitcher whining about?  Shiat like this is part of baseball's problem.
 
2014-07-20 02:26:35 PM
Honestly, I think the "he didn't try to steal" thing is more bizarre than the "he bunted" complaint.

But both are insane.
 
2014-07-20 02:28:23 PM
New unwritten rule: Bunt anytime you see a shift so extreme as to leave the line open. Up ten in the ninth? They shift, it is not only ok to bunt, but they have just requested you do so. Also, any runner who reaches base via a bunt versus shift is required to attempt to advance, no matter the scenario. Addendum: If they leave just one player to one side of a base, and he moves onto the grass to cut off a bunt attempt, you must now slap bunt, aiming for his head if possible. Also: If your name has any combination of the words "Chris" and "Davis" you will be punched in the nuts by every ticket holding fan right after any at bat in which you hit into a shift where the closest person able to make a play on a ball on the left side of the field is the guy selling Bohs.
 
2014-07-20 02:29:15 PM

Marcus Aurelius: You're SUPPOSED to bunt into the hole when they put the shift on.  Don't like it?  Don't shift.

Farking pussies.


Came here to say this.

Also came here to vent anger when my team's players don't execute said bunt when the third baseman is currently behind the first and second basemen.
 
2014-07-20 02:30:59 PM
What happened to the unwritten rule that players are supposed to play at their assigned positions?
 
2014-07-20 02:37:20 PM
Willie Keeler would have done the same.
 
2014-07-20 02:42:21 PM
If it's poor sportsmanship to bunt away from a shift, then it's also poor sportsmanship to apply a shift to a dead pull hitter.

So, in other words, fark you, Colby Lewis.
 
2014-07-20 02:44:50 PM
I hope more players do this, especially to Texas
 
2014-07-20 02:44:59 PM
First Law of Baseball (unwritten but understood by everyone):  Figure out the weaknesses of the opposing team and mercilessly exploit those weaknesses.

This means that if a player always hits to one side of the field, shift the defense.  It also means that if the defense leaves a hole for the hitter, then the hitter should hit the ball there.  "Hit em where they ain't."  rand paul

Stupid douche of a pitcher.
 
2014-07-20 02:48:33 PM
This is so farking stupid that if I was one of Lewis' teammates, I'd punch him in the face. It's a 2 run lead for fark sakes! If it was a 10 run lead, I'd get the complaining. But not with a 2 run lead. No way. The guy who's being bush league here is Lewis. He's 34 years old and has 8 years of MLB experience. He should farking know better.
 
2014-07-20 02:49:49 PM
So, a pitcher who gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings is upset that a batter got on base and advanced another runner. Maybe he should be a better pitcher.
 
2014-07-20 02:51:08 PM

Bermuda59: I hope more players do this, especially to Texas


According to ESPN, his next start should be against the Yankees. I'd love to see Jeter bunt for a base hit and then Lewis biatch at him.
 
2014-07-20 02:54:58 PM

Great clown Pagliacci's pick-me-up: New unwritten rule: Bunt anytime you see a shift so extreme as to leave the line open. Up ten in the ninth? They shift, it is not only ok to bunt, but they have just requested you do so. Also, any runner who reaches base via a bunt versus shift is required to attempt to advance, no matter the scenario. Addendum: If they leave just one player to one side of a base, and he moves onto the grass to cut off a bunt attempt, you must now slap bunt, aiming for his head if possible. Also: If your name has any combination of the words "Chris" and "Davis" you will be punched in the nuts by every ticket holding fan right after any at bat in which you hit into a shift where the closest person able to make a play on a ball on the left side of the field is the guy selling Bohs.


And if a man on first steals second against the shift, he should feel free to take third if the third baseman (covering second) just flips the ball back to the pitcher.
 
2014-07-20 03:01:53 PM
strange
pretty CERTAIN that teams, scouts, agents, managers, everyone, looks at a players stats when evaluating the value of player. pretty CERTAIN that they dont give a flying fark about unwritten rules. pretty CERTAIN that they care if the player is a TEAM PLAYER and has GOOD STATS.

Your team SUCKS? well our TEAM is going to pad our stats as much as possible.
DUH

/baseball - YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
 
2014-07-20 03:05:13 PM

jake_lex: He might have had a point if the Jays were up 9-0 or something

In 2001 the Seattle Mariners blew a 12-run lead they had in the 7th inning.  With the best bullpen in baseball.  In a season they won 116 games.  As far as I'm concerned, no lead is ever safe.

"Unwritten rules" killed my interest in baseball.  Soccer players get the rep for being whiny douches but at least you don't see players literally making up new rules when things don't go their way.  In fact, I think most people grow out of that shiat in elementary school.  Baseball goes the other way and becomes the Livia Soprano of sports.
 
2014-07-20 03:07:24 PM
There is no unwritten rule here. Colby Lewis is just a little biatch.
 
2014-07-20 03:12:28 PM
"Unwritten rule" my ass. Texas Colby got caught with his pants down, and the Jays capitalized. Toronto's Colby made a smart play.
 
2014-07-20 03:13:14 PM

The Bestest: There is no unwritten rule here. Colby Lewis is just a little biatch.


Sadly, this is the AL and pitchers don't bat. Otherwise they could exploit the subsection titled "I'll give you something to cry about."
 
2014-07-20 03:21:20 PM
What a freakin baby.  Good heavens, a baseball player trying to get a hit, that is terrible.
 
2014-07-20 03:22:32 PM

Big Merl: A better "unwritten rule" would be don't play stupid gimmick defenses that leave you wide open.


why should it have to be unwritten?

did Colby Lewis get a trophy for whining after the game?
 
2014-07-20 03:23:49 PM
And the guy accused him of trying to inflate his average.  A guy who is hitting below the Mendoza line better farking be trying to increase his average.
 
2014-07-20 03:27:42 PM
So its bad form to "cheat" with a bunt when you have your fielders set to "cheat"?
 
2014-07-20 03:28:34 PM

pissnmoan: First Law of sports Baseball (unwritten but understood by everyone):  Figure out the weaknesses of the opposing team and mercilessly exploit those weaknesses.

This means that if a player always hits to one side of the field, shift the defense.  It also means that if the defense leaves a hole for the hitter, then the hitter should hit the ball there.  "Hit em where they ain't."  rand paul

Stupid douche of a pitcher.


FTFY
 
2014-07-20 03:31:24 PM

MNguy: And the guy accused him of trying to inflate his average.  A guy who is hitting below flirting with the Mendoza line better farking be trying to increase his average.


FTFM, I was thinking it was about .240, not .200
 
2014-07-20 03:32:22 PM

Winterlight: I played competitive baseball from Little League on through adult leagues until I was 35. I have run across just about every variation of "unwritten" rule out there, and I have never heard of this one before.  What a whiny douche. The entire job of the batter is to get a hit. That's what the game is about. Man up.

Also, I've played with plenty of players are coaches who come from the "If it ain't in the rule book, it ain't a rule" school, and I tend to side more with them than the "but, but, but...tradition" guys who always seem to complain when something goes against them. Sure, it can be a dick move to call for a hit-n-run in the 8th inning with a ten-run lead, but the situation from TFA wasn't in any way comparable.


Ah, I suggest the first unwritten rule is that it's an unwritten rule if somebody whines enough, even if there is no precedent for said rule.
 
2014-07-20 03:34:51 PM
Please let Yu Darvish leave this sinking ship before his current contract is up.
 
2014-07-20 03:38:59 PM
The shift itself is a team trying to take an advantage by moving players over where you hit the most, so why is it wrong if the batter then tries to take advantage of the situation and get a hit?

MORE batters  should be doing this if anything. I hope other texas players told Colby Lewis to stfu.

Same thing when people get upset when a player bunts to break up the no hitter. a bunt is a freaking hit and the team is trying to win. why handicap themselves and not use everything they have to win?
 
2014-07-20 03:41:04 PM

Farkenhostile: Same thing when people get upset when a player bunts to break up the no hitter. a bunt is a freaking hit and the team is trying to win. why handicap themselves and not use everything they have to win?


Well, THAT depends on the situation. Close game? Bunt away. If you're down by like 7 and its the 9th with a no-no going, bunting is kinda tacky.
 
2014-07-20 03:41:52 PM
Jesus H.  Wow, dude.  Woooooow.
 
2014-07-20 03:46:45 PM

The Bestest: Farkenhostile: Same thing when people get upset when a player bunts to break up the no hitter. a bunt is a freaking hit and the team is trying to win. why handicap themselves and not use everything they have to win?

Well, THAT depends on the situation. Close game? Bunt away. If you're down by like 7 and its the 9th with a no-no going, bunting is kinda tacky.


Yeah I guess your right, I would be pretty pissed if someone did that to my team heh.
 
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