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Is There Proper Baseball Park Etiquette?

Don’t arrive late. Don’t leave early. And kindly sit down.

From Southern Living article by Valarie Fraser Luesse

I thought this to be a very interesting article from Southern Living. It is something that is sort of a forgotten way of life when attending baseball games.

“We all know there are rules of engagement for the players running the bases, but what about fans in the stadium? If you’re more of a football fan and have never seen a baseball game live, it might surprise you to know what’s expected of you—and not by Management but by the fans. 

As with anything else, there are differences of opinion among the diehards. But some rules of baseball etiquette are almost universally accepted. If you don’t want to get the stank face from your neighbors in the stands, write these down:

Don’t be late. Fans hate it when somebody in the middle of their row shows up during an “at bat” and expects everyone to stand up and make way. Why? Because when the people on your row stand so that tardy you can get to your seat, they block the view of fans behind them, and everybody could miss a big play. In case of an emergency—and baseball fans define “emergency” as stopping by the hospital for outpatient surgery on the way to the ballpark—wait till a break in the action, like a changeover or the end of an inning, to find your seat. 

Don’t leave early. Fans strongly believe that everybody should stick around till the very last out.

Remove your hat during the National Anthem. This applies to male and female fans. Show respect for the stars and stripes.

While we’re talking fashion, it’s bad form to wear the jersey of a team that isn’t on the field. In other words, if the Rangers are playing the Astros, don’t show up in a Cardinals jersey. 

Leave your glove at home, Pepaw. If you’re old enough to drive, you’re three or four years past your glove-totin’ days. Kids only, please. 

Sit down . . . unless we’re standing up. During certain critical moments in a game, everybody stands up. Otherwise, baseball fans are sitter-downers. Watch your neighbors whenever you aren’t sure what to do. (If you’re an SEC football fan, we know what you’re thinking: Stadiums have SEATS?  Who knew?)

Never, ever, ever, do the wave (if we may paraphrase Taylor Swift.) At the very least, do it only during a changeover. And do it only in “wave-friendly” stadiums. Actually, now that we think about it, don’t do the wave—never, ever, ever. Some fans will hesitantly allow that the wave has its place, but most of the purists shun it.

Watch how you handle yourself with vendors. Treat them politely. Let them know how many hotdogs or drinks you want by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. Don’t get up and walk to the vender so that all your neighbors have to move. Politely ask them to pass down your money and let them know how much you aim to tip. (And you really should tip.) Your food and change will be passed back to you. And nobody misses a play.

Don’t talk on your cell phone, especially if you’re sitting behind home plate. If you were stepping up to the plate with two outs and bases loaded, would you want to be distracted by Baby Girl calling Mama to finalize plans for that upcoming Sip ’n See? No. No, you would not.”

https://www.southernliving.com/culture/baseball-etiquette

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2019 MiLB Rule Changes Unveiled (continuing story)

(from a continuing story I have been following across baseball, from MLB to MiLB to The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players)
[additional story and link by Ball Park Digest Editors March 29 2019]

Baseball in its infinite wisdom, continues to incorporate rule changes. First to experiment are teams in The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players.
Three batter minimum for pitchers (unless it is two outs, pitcher does not have to face two more the next inning), size of bases will go up to 18″, pitchers mound to be moved back two feet, no infield shift, limit of mound visits, possible rob umps to assist umpires. Many fans think this to be a joke. What next? Robo – players, robo umps, rob fans, robo venders?
The Commissioner, Rob Manfred, does not even seem to care and expressed that is why it is starting out in the Atlantic League, when asked by Michael Kay pertaining to pitchers possibly getting injured.
Not it appears that Minor League Baseball will be incorporating some or all of those experimental rule changes.
In a recent article by Ball Park Digest (a very good e-zine by the way), mentioned that thee will be a small twist to their experimental rule changes in each of the different levels in Double A and Triple A leagues. Unlike the Atlantic league, Minor league will make a revision to the Extra Inning Runner on Second Base rule, unlike the Atlantic League, which at this time remains as it is like previous seasons.

For more information you can visit Ballpark Digest:

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/03/29/2019-milb-rule-changes-unveiled/?fbclid=IwAR0m7aesjJSjfRuw_S0Sw_g7xADsRrUUI-Q7YS3aguf5F-T03zA-yFmEBfU

This link is directly from MiNOR League Baseball:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/milb-announces-pace-of-play-rules-for-2019/c-305774226?fbclid=IwAR1NvJX7MekRTCNSyexjXLolWnKLBCSv8QBS8MjCYM3kAP0ivq8PgjxK214

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More Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players/MLB News on Rule Changes in the Atlantic League. This is part of a continuing story…

“Rob Manfred not too concerned with health of Atlantic League players” from MLB/NBC Sports

Article written by Craig Calcaterra March 28 2017 in an interview with Michael Kay

Seems like the current commissioner of Major League Baseball has created some negativity by his recent comments, regarding some of the new experimental rule changes, specifically moving the pitcher mound back by 2 feet.
Apparently he is not concerned with what can happen to a pitchers arm nor health.
One has to really read the article to believe it.

https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/03/28/rob-manfred-not-too-concerned-with-health-of-atlantic-league-players/?fbclid=IwAR3eMwUiBJekGw3D3PHAyYQj-jXMndAPJZiH-MCKcHKRqCAzh6knZBDkPUE

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Experimental MLB and Atlantic League Rule Changes continued…

This is a continuing story I am following for the 2019 Atlantic League Season in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
In a recent interview, Long Island Ducks manager Wally Backman, expresses his thoughts on the new experimental rule changes presented by Major League Baseball. This interview was actually held on March 22, 2019.
(from todays 3/24/19 Newsday©®™)

https://www.newsday.com/sports/local/ducks/wally-backman-ducks-1.28874149?fbclid=IwAR2TUfYg-4E2J_D58NB2RD35oLwqPoTSZqVg7SG64krf7jOZkznOq8h05DQ#user=56bc00c618ff43a12491a886&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sports

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Breaking down MLB’s rules changes: The good, the bad, and the weird

By Stephen Tolbert  Mar 14, 2019, 2:00pm EDT

From SB Nation/MLB Daily Dish, some slight changes among similar news to recent posts.
Hot Topic include:
• Only One Trade Deadline
• All-Star Game Election Day
• Changing Roster Size
• Shortening Commercial Breaks
Check the link below for more information. It was a nice edition to recent news about the changes in the Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players.

https://www.mlbdailydish.com/2019/3/14/18265858/the-good-mlb-rule-changes-the-bad-ones-and-a-few-weird-ones-batter-minimum-trade-deadline?fbclid=IwAR2KWrdjLCXVUqK8ZV2Nw54dgL_1kqojcO-fKFeXuWKxX31v781BVfyTJH0

BallPark Digest also had an interesting perspective on this as well.

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/03/14/2019-mlb-rule-changes-unveiled/?fbclid=IwAR2uKjVVyjdfPbHeIQQQyJKnmNywN5e9rbMwAma5LmuoSZHC4humPoQS618

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