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Old 08-25-2022, 10:59 PM
 
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In this day of baseball, there are certain unwritten rules that a lot of people feel should be obeyed. Bunting on a pitcher who has not allowed a hit, sliding deep into a catcher, running over the mound when on offense (after committing an out), and running up the score.

How many runs do you consider to be running up the score? 10,15, or more?
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Old 08-26-2022, 05:00 PM
 
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In this day of baseball, there are certain unwritten rules that a lot of people feel should be obeyed. Bunting on a pitcher who has not allowed a hit, sliding deep into a catcher, running over the mound when on offense (after committing an out), and running up the score.

How many runs do you consider to be running up the score? 10,15, or more?
There have been comebacks from 12 runs in recent MLB history. I just can't see hitters coming up to the plate and intentionally striking out or something, even if the score is already run up. Stealing bases and bowling over catchers when up 15 runs would be excessive, I'd say, but batters need to try to get hits.

Video is of a recent 12 run comeback.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhhvSgV1w44
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Old 08-27-2022, 02:21 PM
 
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There have been comebacks from 12 runs in recent MLB history. I just can't see hitters coming up to the plate and intentionally striking out or something, even if the score is already run up. Stealing bases and bowling over catchers when up 15 runs would be excessive, I'd say, but batters need to try to get hits.

Video is of a recent 12 run comeback.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhhvSgV1w44

Yes, offensively, baseball is hard enough, very difficult to "run up" the score. Offensive output (the ease of it) in Basketball and Football would be a better discussion.
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Old 08-28-2022, 07:24 AM
 
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These are grown-ups. I think they can take it. I think, if I were a MLB player, I would still think it a great privilege to be out there in a MLB uni.

One night, as the Brewers were 20 runs ahead of the Royals, a KC announcer naled it: "As Mark Twain said about being tarred-and-feathered, 'If it weren't for the honor of the thing, I wouldn't have enjoyed it at all.'".
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Old 08-30-2022, 10:53 PM
 
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Agree with the opinions here.
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Old 09-04-2022, 09:19 AM
 
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Obviously, if it gets bad enough to the point where a position player is pitching late in the game then you shouldn't steal, swing at 3-0, but absolutely you do that aside from that, bcause having the position player in means the other team is giving up the game. With no clock, literally no lead is safe. I think the Pirates had a game 20-30 years ago where they were down something like 8-1 with 2 outs in the 9th and they ended up winning 9-8.
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Old 09-04-2022, 10:59 AM
 
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In this day of baseball, there are certain unwritten rules that a lot of people feel should be obeyed. Bunting on a pitcher who has not allowed a hit, sliding deep into a catcher, running over the mound when on offense (after committing an out), and running up the score.

How many runs do you consider to be running up the score? 10,15, or more?
On the rare occasion where my own team runs up 13+ runs, it's uncanny how often they follow that up by getting blanked several games in a row immediately after....so I'd say what goes around comes around.

If (as a player) speed on the basepaths is one of my selling points, then I see no good reason to "dog it" just because other members of my team are sailing them over the fence. (especially in a "contract" year) .

But at the same time, every player out there is doing his best to see the other team go home unhappy. How many pitchers throwing no hitters feel mercy for the other team? So swinging on a 3-0 count seems like no misdeed at all to me, nor does bunting to try and end a no-hitter (the infielders might be playing abnormally deep trying to preserve the no hitter, so ANY pretense asserting the batter bunting as being unfair seems like a ploy to me) Similarly, I get a cheap thrill whenever I see a batter successfully bunt against the shift. I figure the defense must be kept "honest" somehow...so if the bunt accomplishes that, then so much the better.

There are some "etiquette" things I agree with, not running across the mound, or sliding in hard on any infielder while running the base paths. or for the infielders to pull the "hidey-bally" thing trying to catch a base runner off guard ( or doing the Alex Rodriguez "I got it, I got it, I got it" hijinks...stuff like that). The really flamboyant bat flips seem disrespectful to me (since we are talking etiquette)....

And when it comes right down to it, baseball being a team sport, I personally think all the players on a team should be required to wear their uniforms UNIFORMLY..... some with their pant legs tucked into their socks with team mates vice versa, some with their jerseys unbuttoned half way down to their navels, as well as other eccentric variables on appearance..... seem to me to detract more from the game than they add.
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