Baseball Codes Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls - The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime

ISBN-10: 0375424695
ISBN-13: 9780375424694
Edition: 2010
List price: $29.95
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Description: Hilarious, surprising, and vastly entertaining,The Baseball Codesuncovers the hidden rules of baseball. Everyone knows that baseball is a game of complicated rules, but it turns out to be even more complex than we realize. InThe Baseball Codes,Jason  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/9/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Hilarious, surprising, and vastly entertaining,The Baseball Codesuncovers the hidden rules of baseball. Everyone knows that baseball is a game of complicated rules, but it turns out to be even more complex than we realize. InThe Baseball Codes,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 oftenincredible stories about everyone from national heroes Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays to notorious headhunters Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale to true eccentrics like Rickey Henderson and Dock Ellis (who once pitched a no-hitter while on LSD). The Baseball Codesis an absolute must for every fan of the game.

Jason Turbow has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SportsIllustrated.com, and Slam magazine. He is a regular contributor to Giants Magazine and Athletics, and for three years served as content director for �Giants Today,� a full-page supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle that was published in conjunction with every Giants home game. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. Read The Baseball Codes blog: www.thebaseballcodes.com Become a fan of The Baseball Codes: www.facebook.com/baseballcodes Follow The Baseball Codes: twitter@BaseballCodes

Introduction
On The Field
Know When to Steal'Em
Running into the Catcher
Tag Appropriately
Intimidation
On Being Intimidated
Slide into Bases Properly
Don't Show Players Up
Responding to Records
Gamesmanship
Mound Conference Etiquette
Retaliation
Retaliation
The Wars
Hitters
Off the Field
Cheating
Sign Stealing
Don't Peek
Sign Stealing (Stadiums)
If You're Not Cheating, You're Not Trying
Caught Brown-Handed
Teammates
Don't Talk About a No-Hitter in Progress
Protect Yourself and Each Other
Everybody Joins a Fight
The Clubhouse Police
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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