Is it time to get rid of baseball's "unwritten rules?"

Wendy Adams
August 16, 2018 - 11:23 am

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*Update on Ronald Acuña Jr. (11:05 a.m.)

Benches cleared after Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was hit on the very first pitch on Wednesday night's game against the Miami Marlins.

Reactions poured in immediately after Acuña went down, clearly in pain. 

Acuña was on a hot streak. He came into Wednesday's game having hit home runs in 5-straight games, including three consecutive lead-off homers. *Insert baseball's unwritten rule here.*

If a player is simply playing well, he deserves to be hit? The old school rules say, 'yes.' Mets' broadcaster Keith Hernandez expressed that very mentality last night in reaction to what happened to Acuña:

"No, no, no. It's unacceptable," Randy McMichael quipped back. "You're scared to compete when you're talking about hitting somebody. It's a punk move, and that's what happened yesterday. Nobody will ever justify to me that an unwritten rule [says that> because someone is balling or embarassing you, you throw a baseball at them."

Here's more reaction from around the league: