Felger & Mazz: MLB’s Unwritten Rules Need To Go

July 28, 2014 8:15 PM
Felger & Mazz: MLB’s Unwritten Rules Need To Go
" BOSTON (CBS) – When your favorite team is nine games under .500, dead last in the division and possess less than a two percent chance of making the playoffs, you are left with no choice but to discuss trivial matters, like “bat flipping,” “Cadillac-ing” around the bases and the unwritten rules of baseball.

The Red Sox ended a five game losing streak Sunday afternoon thanks in large part to David Ortiz’s three-run home run to right field in the top of the third inning off Rays pitcher Chris Archer.

Big Papi put his exuberance on display by flipping his bat and “hotdogging” around the bases — two big no-no’s in the long list of baseball’s unwritten rules, although common behavior for the 38-year-old slugger.

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Rays pitcher Chris Archer took exception to Ortiz and instead of sending a message during the game, he delivered a statement following the contest to the assembled media, saying, “I don’t know what makes him think that he can showboat the way he does, and then nobody retaliates…He feels like he’s bigger than the game "

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