Baseball’s “unwritten rules” hold the game back


With each new generation there are changes, and with those changes come the criticisms of previous generations. Young people are constantly informed by their elders that things were better “in their day”. It applies to almost every aspect of life, from music to TV to clothing and everything in between. The “back to my day” mindset has also caught on in sports, and baseball is perhaps the worst example. Most often this takes the form of baseball analysts talking about the “unwritten rules” of the sport. There are apparently a lot of unwritten rules. Don’t celebrate a home run by flipping your bat and pumping your fist. Don’t worry about breaking a batter’s step. Don’t swing into a 3-0 field when your team is several points ahead. The latest of those three “unwritten rules” has made headlines in recent days, after Yermín Mercedes hit a home run at Willians Astudillo 3-0 on Monday night to make it 16-4.

The Twins’ colored commentator that night, former Minnesota shortstop Roy Smalley was one of the prominent people opposing the Mercedes home run. For the rest of that streak with the Sox, it seemed to me that every time Mercedes went home, either Smalley or Dick Bremer would bring up his 3-0 swing in a game that had long ended at the top of the 9th. . After Tyler Duffey threw himself behind Yermín in the next game, Bremer remarked, “If that kindles the flames of the rivalry between the Twins and White Sox, That could be a good thing. “This is an example of another unwritten rule. If you disrespect the game, as Yermin apparently did when hitting a home run during a blowout, you may be hit by a pitch, and that’s a good thing.

I love to watch baseball, and always have. However, when broadcasters insist that baseball needs to adhere to the way things were done decades ago rather than adapt to changing standards, I need restraint to avoid cutting or d ‘turn off my television. Major League Baseball has the oldest audience of any major professional sports league in North America, and the league is trying unsuccessfully to figure out how to bring young people back to baseball.

A number of changes were introduced in the game to speed up the pace of play as they questioned whether the problem could be children’s attention span. If you ask me, however, the real reason baseball is seen by so many in my generation as a boring sport for the elderly is that far too many of those in baseball insist on so many things that make it so. exciting game. “Do not respect sport”. Don’t flip your bat, don’t yell at a big strikeout, don’t wear a chain. All of these things are too showy, they say. As a young baseball fan, I guarantee you that seeing old people constantly complaining about the way the game is played these days is a sure-fire way to ensure that more of my generation doesn’t fall in love. baseball the same way I do. It’s a bit like shouting “get off my lawn” and then later you wonder why there aren’t children coming to play on your lawn. If Gen Z and those afterwards are to embark on the American hobby, we should ditch these unwritten archaic rules. Let the children play, and there is a good chance that more children will watch.

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