05-05-2012, 11:19 AM #21
Tough talk? Peanut Gallery? Fastball in the back? -- What are you talking about?
Do you realize that by abiding by this 'rule' the defense knows you won't bunt, therefore making in even harder to get a hit through in infield. The entire IF, especially the corner IF spots can play way back, cover the lines with greater range, thereby making it all the more difficult to get a 'legitimate' hit. Why would one want to self-impose rules that make it more difficult to do his job?
Is it impolite to fake a bunt and pull it back? Fake 3rd to 1st pick off? Hit for power when up by more than 6 runs? You see this as tough talk? Seems like self-imposed shenanigans to me, high up in the peanut gallery... where are you by the way?
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05-05-2012, 12:17 PM #22
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I'd abide by the unwritten rule. I woud not attempt to bunt to break up the no-no.
However, If I had a rabbit at the plate like Casilla or Revere I would attempt to bunt for a hit with them. A lot and I mean A LOT. Anything to draw the Corners In... Anything to get the pitcher thinking about what side he is going to cover instead of pitching comfortably. Anything to utilize their speed in unique ways. I think the Twins need to utilize this part of the game a lot more.
Just not in the no-hitter situation.
05-05-2012, 12:31 PM #23
05-05-2012, 12:32 PM #24
You don't bunt when you are down 9-0.
If its 1-0,2-0 etc then sure, do what you need to do. I would be personally ashamed to be a Twins fan if they had Carroll try to bunt in the 9th inning of that game. To say the "unwritten rules of baseball" are BS basically makes you look like some ignorant fan that A. Has never played and B. Has no respect for the game. The "no steals up 5" rule is a little grey though, I'd argue that 5 runs isn't enough, but if you are up by 7+ you shouldn't be taking extra bases and stealing bags.
Interesting note: we were losing a baseball game last weekend 11-2 (ouch) and had a guy steal against us, you better believe the next batter got thrown at, and the other team was perfectly fine with this, in fact they were only upset with the idiot who stole 2nd.
05-05-2012, 12:32 PM #25
05-05-2012, 12:35 PM #26
My tag name gives a clue as to where I am, not sure why that matters.
05-05-2012, 12:51 PM #27
I don't know, I played tennis throughout college and (C/3B in high school) and respect the rules of honor/politeness in golf and tennis... and yeah, I would not bunt in a blow out (late) either... I'm just trying to flesh out the rule. I don't think it makes sense in the same way that these rules do make sense in tennis. For example, it's impolite to applaud when your opponent (or person you're not routing for) makes and unforced error, i.e. hitting the ball in the net. This is because you or the player you are cheering for didn't earn the point (a winner), but won it due to an error -- you are only suppose to cheer for someone, and never cheer against someone (like in golf). This makes sense to me, but there is not rule that when you are down 5-2, 5-2 you should stop hitting drop shots, serve and volley and just pound groundstrokes at the guy. Does this make sense?Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
05-05-2012, 12:58 PM #28
You should read the book I referenced earlier, some of the stuff in there is just cracked and you get the impression that most of the guys don't really buy it but they don't question it, it's just the way.
05-05-2012, 01:24 PM #29
The following is not directed at anyone, just a reflection (that I reserve the right to be wrong about).
Just to be clear about the rule/consequences of the rule: when getting no hit, you should make it easier to continue to be no hit. After all, it's the polite thing to do and you might get thrown at if you don't believe it's your obligation to make it easy on the pitcher to embarrass you.
There are times when throwing at a guy is not justified, but just a whining/temper tantrum by the pitcher. I think this would be one of those times. If you were the next batter (HBP) and asked the pitcher 'why'd ya do that?'
What possible rebuttal could the pitcher give without sounding childish/whinny? "you weren't supposed to do that?"
Furthermore, say it's a 7-0 no-hitter in the bottom of the 8th... I'm guessing that most would think the rule applies then.
Span bunts his way on, and Carroll get's beaned in retaliation. YOu've got two on, 0 out and Mauer up. It's possible to win this game yet, no? So we'd have to be talking about a 9th inning 10-0 no hitter to be sure of a loss... even then, I think this rule is silly... just my opinion (and reasons)... you don't have to agree.Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
05-05-2012, 02:09 PM #30
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No one wants a cheapie to break up a no-no. If Carroll trys it succussfully or unsuccussfully... Mauer will wear it.
Here's another unwritten rule in reverse. You don't intentionally walk Mauer during a no-no because you think he has the best chance of breaking it up.
It's a big moment... Don't tarnish it.
05-05-2012, 05:23 PM #31Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
05-05-2012, 06:39 PM #32
It's good to see Ron Gardenhire man up and assume responsibility for this team's miserable performance. However, the recent history of his management style indicates to me that mouthing the words of accountability are not sufficient. It strains credulity to think that so many otherwise good baseball players cannot perform well at the plate for the Minnesota Twins. I keep thinking back to what David Ortiz said, that when he would hit a ball really hard, Tom Kelly would burst from the dugout shouting, "Hey, hey!" as if it was wrong to swing hard.
There is a fine line between plate discipline and timidity, and it looks to me like this Twins team has crossed that line. Instead of looking eager to smash anything in their hitting zone, these guys look worried about swinging at anything outside the strike zone. If you think of the pitcher/batter relationship as a game of cat and mouse, timidity is what instantly makes you the mouse, and we all know who wins that game.
Consider the Tampa Rays. Their guys have the right attitude. They look to jump all over anything in their hitting zone, which is different from the strike zone. Batting practice is supposed to be about learning to expand the area of pitches you can smash. You get your elbows up so you can smash a high ball, then adjust down for lower pitches. Was it a strike? Doesn't matter; the only question is, can you smash it?
Now obviously it's harder to smash everything a major league pitcher throws at you. They vary the speed from mid-90's to mid-70's, throw the ball with various spins, etc. Worst of all, they're so rude, they won't even tell you what they're about to throw.
Sort of. Great hitters know things that shift the advantage back in their direction. They can study statistical tendencies, and they can study video of a pitcher's delivery. They look for tip offs that reveal what's coming. A couple years ago Francisco Liriano was tipping his pitches so obviously that I wrote several rants about it. Standing on the mound, he would lower his right shoulder. Here comes a slider. Raised shoulder = fastball. Not too surprisingly, he was getting killed, because everybody (except the Twins pitching coach) was having a wonderful time reading his pitches. It's great when you know what's coming.
For pitchers that don't flash a neon sign like Liriano, batters are stuck with tendencies and pitch recognition. Again, some pitchers are easier to read than others. Some guys raise their elbow higher when they go into their fastball motion, or their knee. Clever pitchers learn to make their delivery look the same for all their pitches, differing only by the grip and wrist action right at the release point. Some of them change their facial expression for a particular pitch. It can get subtle. Or not.
Anyway, none of these savvy tricks work if you're timid at the plate. The mouse never beats the cat, and this Twins team will not win 60 games. A team attitude change doesn't happen until you change the source of the attitude. It ain't coming from the players.