People talk about it all the time in baseball: keeping the "unwritten rules" or breaking them. (Someone should write them down, perhaps?)
Players often police the game themselves, but this isn't always the best result, as it can lead to bench-clearing incidents or injuries.
What they often lead to, though, is good TV. Here are some of the best "unwritten rule breakings" of 2015. Vote for your favorite!
This first entry isn't exactly a "breaking of the unwritten rules," but Reds manager Bryan Price's six-minute profanity-laden tirade to Reds writers after they asked about the status of Devin Mesoraco could well deserve an award (don't worry, this version is bleeped and SFW):
If you lost count, there were 77 F-bombs.
Somebody said something. It wasn't clear who said something first. And as you'll note, the biggest participant in this bench-clearing incident was Jeff Samardzija, who wasn't even in the game.
Watch that video and listen to the Astros announcers trying to make excuses for Oberholtzer. The Astros actually tied the game before losing 9-6.
Those might not be the worst beanballs you've ever seen, but it certainly is about the most headhunting I've seen in any one game. I'm surprised it took until the eighth inning for the benches to clear. Despite this, these teams played each other in the ALCS without further incident. The Jays won the August game 5-2.
September 16 in Seattle, Kyle Seager of the Mariners and Jered Weaver of the Angels had what you can only call a "step-out" contest. Weaver kept getting ready to pitch, Seager kept stepping out. This went on for some time until Seager decided he was ready, and then Weaver hit him in the back:
Hilarity -- or something -- ensued. Seager had some words for Weaver, as you can see, before he got hit. The Mariners won 3-1.
You're all certainly familiar with the last three entries here. First, the Jonathan Papelbon fight with Bryce Harper in Washington on September 27:
As a reminder, this was the day after the Nats were mathematically eliminated from the postseason, a game many regulars wouldn't have played in, but Harper played anyway, and at the end of a long season where Harper's been named MVP of the National League, I think you could cut him some slack. Papelbon differed. Then Matt Williams let Papelbon stay in the game, upon which he got torched by the awful Phillies. I'm pretty sure Nats GM Mike Rizzo is trying to make sure that was the last game Papelbon ever pitches for Washington.
Beyond breaking just about every rule of civilized behavior, this is something MLB is going to have to deal with this offseason so these kinds of things don't happen again.
And of course, the October 14 ALDS Game 5 bat flip by Jose Bautista:
Pick your favorite in the poll. If there's another one I left out, please leave it in the comments along with a link to video (if you can find it) or a GIF.