Here are some lesser known unwritten rules of baseball……
Players who weigh over 250 pounds are allowed to eat hot dogs in the dugout during the game.
Jim Leyland is not allowed to smoke in the vicinity of players hitting above .300. However if you are hitting below .250 he is allowed to blow smoke in your face.
Utility infielders are obligated to help the grounds crew manicure the field before and after the game.
Pitchers are allowed to use the rosin bag no more than 14 times in one inning unless the temperature climbs above 95-degrees. Then they are allowed to use the rosin bag 17-times in an inning but no more.
Umpires may not sing show tunes at any time while on the field except when going over the ground rules with the managers before the game.
Only right-fielders can urinate on the field during a pitching change.
Catchers have to catch one inning per game without a cup.
Handing a young fan a tin of tobacco to go along with an autograph is acceptable if you are a visiting player only.
It is mandatory that either the manager or a member of the coaching staff wear a jacket even if it is over 90 degrees out. This burden usually falls on the fattest member of the coaching staff.
First and third base coaches have to at least make a token wave of foul balls.
Managers have to continually lean forward and scrunch their eyebrows as if they are interested in what is going on during the game, even if it is 14-2 in the 5th inning.
Each team has to have a designated “point to the sky guy” for any good play he, or a teammate, makes.
Turning double plays is considered “showing up” the other team.
Every team is required to have one “wacky” or “flaky” left-handed relief pitcher.
When panning the crowd for fans in the stands, TV directors and cameramen are required to show a hot babe, followed by a kid with mustard stains on his face, then another hot babe, followed by an old couple that haven’t spoken to each other for five years and then another hot babe.
All “funny” highlights have to show at least three players taking hard shots to the balls.
Yelling, “Hey CC, only one to a pair of pants” is considered to be in poor taste.
Having your batting average already calculated when you run to first base on a single is alright. However, it is frowned upon to tell the first baseman where your average currently stands.
It is an unwritten baseball rule to write down unwritten baseball rules.