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Baseball's Code in full play

Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer, Cole Hamels, Bryce Harper and the unwritten rules

Updated: May 8, 2012, 1:15 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

Baseball is never more fun than when it's being breathtakingly stupid. The idea of some amorphous set of insider rules -- The Code -- dictating what happens on the field is among the game's most endearing traits.

Where would baseball be without childishness, perceived slights, vigilantism, paranoia and rampant irrationality? Where would it be without the purveyors of old-school morality, the on-field nuns who take on the collective role of policing rules only they understand? ...

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