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Behind the scenes
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2018
There are quite often unwritten guidelines for behavior for groups whether it be military, sports, or any such organizations. Often these unwritten rules carry more weight than the written ones. This book gets into many, but I'm sure not all, of baseball's unwritten codes and the influence they have over batters, pitchers, fielders, managers, or in relation to rookie and veteran players. Bean balls, pine tar, doctored balls, bats, and gloves are all covered. Trick plays. Practical jokes. Rookie hazing. Brawls and having someone's back. It's own version of "omerta" that includes marital infidelities. Some of the examples of these codes date back to the beginnings of baseball while other are from recent times. Names are named. The book is entertaining and enlightening. A must for any baseball fan? Maybe. Maybe not. But a fun read anyway.