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The Code
The Code

The Code

Baseball's Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-Your-Own-Risk Code of Conduct
By Ross Bernstein, Foreword by Rob Dibble, Foreword by Torii Hunter, Foreword by Jack Morris

SPORTS & RECREATION

272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

ISBN 9781600780103

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2008)

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Overview

In The Code: Baseball's Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-Your-Own-Risk Code of Conduct, author Ross Bernstein has pulled back the curtain on baseball's tacit rules regarding retaliation, sportsmanship, and intimidation. The result of dozens of interviews with some of the biggest names in the game, this work is a systematic description of every major "unwritten rule" in the game today—from brushback pitches, bunting during a no-hitter, and running up the score, to home-run celebrations, stealing signs, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Author Biography

Ross Bernstein is the bestselling author of 40 sports books and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs. His work has been featured on CNN, ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. As a sought-after motivational speaker, he speaks to corporations and groups across the country about the inspirational legacy of the late Herb Brooks, Hall of Fame coach of the fabled 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic "Miracle on Ice" hockey team. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota. Rob Dibble is a former major League Baseball pitcher and a television analyst. Torii Hunter is a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jack Morris is a former major League Baseball pitcher.

Media

The Philadelphia Daily News takes a look at the unwritten rules in baseball and The Code.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer includes The Code in their roundup of end-of-summer baseball books.  "
The Code makes an appearance on Playboy.com as part of the Summer 2008 \""Dads and Grads Gift Guide.\"""
Read the Minnesota Public Radio piece on Ross Bernstein\'s new book The Code and  listen to excerpts from his recent appearance on MPR.
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Doug Miller and MLB.com speak to Ross Bernstein and look at The Code.
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Ross joins Mo Egger on The Sports Animal to take a look at his new book.
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Ross joins Steve Davis on WBAL  to discuss his new book and how The Code applies to the 2008 MLB season.
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Ross Bernstein joins the Men\'s Room on 790 The Sports Animal to talk about The Code. "
Ross Bernstein stops by Fraters Libertas to talk The Code and how it applies to modern sports.
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Press Releases

Brushbacks. Beanballs. Charging the mound. Collisions at the plate. Bench-clearing brawls. The Code: Baseball’s Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-Your Own-Risk Code of Conduct by Ross Bernstein takes you in-depth and behind the scenes to explore the history of baseball’s unspoken expectations of the players, managers and umpires.

More than 50 MLB players, managers and media personalities were interviewed to examine how players go about their business on the field of play. They explain why various “rules” are expected among players and what tactics are used during games.

The Code: Baseball’s Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-Your Own-Risk Code of Conduct discusses the top controversies on the diamond, including:


>> Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura’s infamous brwal

>> Roberto Alomar spitting on umpire John Hirschbeck

>> Kirby Puckett being beaned by Dennis Martinez

>> Pete Rose’s infamous home-plate collision with Ray Fosse

>> Ben Davis bunting to end Curt Schilling’s perfect game

>> White Sox fans attacking umpire Tom Gamboa


In addition to analyzing the reasons for controversial actions in baseball, Bernstein elaborates further by covering the unspoken code of players, managers and even the fans. Top players from the past and present discuss their experiences on how baseball players police themselves, including Rob Dibble, Jack Morris, Torii Hunter and many more.

The Code: Baseball’s Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-Your Own-Risk Code of Conduct brings together the most memorable violations of the code in baseball history. No other book ever written goes behind the scenes of America’s Pastime the way The Code offers the casual or diehard fan.

About the author:

Ross Bernstein is the best-selling author of 40 sports books and has appeared on more than a thousand local and national television and radio programs. His work has been featured on CNN, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. As a sought-after motivational speaker, he speaks to corporations and groups across the country about the inspirational legacy of the late Herb Brooks, Hall of Fame coach of the fabled 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic \"Miracle on Ice\" hockey team. Ross and his wife, Sara, have a five-year-old daughter and presently reside in Eagan, Minnesota.

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