How Fernando Tatis Jr. and MLB’s youngest stars are changing the ‘unwritten rules’ of baseball

ESPN’s Joon Lee talks to current and retired MLB players about how the youngest generation of stars is inspiring a fresh look at baseball’s contentious “unwritten rules.” Guests include: Jason Heyward, Taylor Trammell, Carlos Gomez, Lucas Giolito, Jose Bautista, Amir Garrett, Eduardo Perez and Harrison Bader.
0:00 Fernando Tatis Jr. is the face of MLB’s youth movement
0:33 What are the “unwritten rules?”
2:24 When Tatis broke the “rules” in 2020
3:12 Carlos Gomez deals with controversy
4:42 MLB’s alienating on-field culture
5:40 What Black MLB players experience
7:19 The evolving view of bat flips and celebrations
8:24 Jose Bautista’s iconic 2015 bat flip
10:22 MLB’s embrace of fashion and fun
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  1. Andres Miguel Cervantes

    Andres Miguel CervantesПре дан

    so, it's the White players trying to create the unwritten rules? Uhh? what's that called?

  2. Flame Gamer

    Flame GamerПре 3 дана

    Did he just turn this into a race thing????? Lol bro😂 I support tatis and Carlos but wth dude

  3. Aj C

    Aj CПре 3 дана

    You need women players

  4. Robert Motherwell

    Robert MotherwellПре 4 дана

    Making this about race is ludicrous.... baseball wants the best players they can find. That’s it. Its already the most international sport other than soccer. Unwritten rules are fine cause they make videos like this.

  5. Spit on it Paw paw

    Spit on it Paw pawПре 5 дана

    How’d I know it was gonna go to race “the white american way” lol well I hate to break it to u bud but your playing a white American sport invented by whites so stfu and be thankful

  6. Graydon Wood

    Graydon WoodПре 5 дана

    Run up the score. Keep swinging but also be respectful with body language and words. Also don’t let ESPN bait this into a political piece.

  7. Alex

    AlexПре 5 дана

    These unwritten rules make baseball less interesting to watch honestly

  8. D Lightning

    D LightningПре 5 дана

    It’s not a race thing. This was ok until you made it a race thing. 🛑

  9. hashirama senju

    hashirama senjuПре 5 дана

    Unwritten rules are so fking dumb

  10. RG_Rob

    RG_RobПре 5 дана

    Basball players are almost as soft as soccer players. That’s what I got from this

  11. joshua blanchard

    joshua blanchardПре 5 дана

    Its not just unwritten rules in sports, people are discarding etiquettes everywhere.

  12. joshua blanchard

    joshua blanchardПре 5 дана

    You can't just hit bean anybody anymore. The players are making too much money.

  13. joshua blanchard

    joshua blanchardПре 5 дана

    When you're making 45 million a year without having to earn it you don't care.

  14. SG S

    SG SПре 5 дана

    Back it up and you should be able to showboat and express yourself, it's raw emotion. That's how you get fans watching and kids playing.

  15. Keon Rankin

    Keon RankinПре 5 дана

    Baseball is lame, players too emotional, unwritten rules huh? Lmao miss me with that, no thank you, I'm good 💨

  16. E B

    E BПре 6 дана

    Is this wokeball 5.0 ?

  17. ubadman1

    ubadman1Пре 6 дана

    How long is baseball gonna let people throw pitches at people? What's gonna happen when someone gets eriously hurt? Or has a career ending or altering injury? It's a 90 plus mph bullet.

  18. Adrian Lajas

    Adrian LajasПре 6 дана

    This is why baseball sucks... if you're a competitor you "play till the whistle "

  19. notnateblock

    notnateblockПре 6 дана

    Maybe people will respect baseball now.

  20. Hank Hill

    Hank HillПре 6 дана

    This is the only time I’ll agree with that woke BS. White American way of playing baseball is soft af. But also who tf is this Lee guy? And why is this dweeb on ESPN?

  21. Vishnu Rao

    Vishnu RaoПре 6 дана

    If I’m there, I’m showboating, I’m flipping my bat, I’m dancing, I’m shimmying across the plates. You don’t want me to, strike me out.

  22. Vishnu Rao

    Vishnu RaoПре 4 дана

    @kasey gamez You don’t wanna watch Clayton Kershaw do a lil moonwalk after striking someone out?

  23. kasey gamez

    kasey gamezПре 4 дана

    @Vishnu Rao Dancing with the Stars has a market maybe you should enjoy that game

  24. Vishnu Rao

    Vishnu RaoПре 5 дана

    @kasey gamez Imagine a pitcher doing a backflip after striking someone out. The game would be so much more entertaining.

  25. Vishnu Rao

    Vishnu RaoПре 5 дана

    @kasey gamez the pitchers should celebrate if they want to lol

  26. kasey gamez

    kasey gamezПре 5 дана

    @MSM_ Mrgamer do pitchers celebrate strikeouts by flipping their gloves over their heads and doing floss dances around the mound? Old or new you disrespect the game and you get repercussions. I dont have to teach lessons the guy with broken ribs can help deliver the message on how he can behave

  27. joshua knuckles

    joshua knucklesПре 6 дана

    At the end of the day it’s soft to have these are natural conqueror the don’t care about who loses and teams shouldn’t be so sensitive to loses just get better. you should be able to celebrate regardless!!

  28. Lee Prochazka

    Lee ProchazkaПре 6 дана

    Booooo!!! Sellouts!!!

  29. Denny Lee

    Denny LeeПре 6 дана

    Whoa, a great start than took a HARD LEFT I’m out. Such BS

  30. Hank Hill

    Hank HillПре 6 дана

    Seriously this liberal nerd made it about BLM for no reason lmao. ESPN is a joke now

  31. AE Pulsar

    AE PulsarПре 6 дана

    You had me till you made it about racism, now I like the unwritten rules just because.

  32. toby2k75

    toby2k75Пре 6 дана

    I grew up watching baseball, played myself for years. The game just isnt the same. Im not fond of bat flipping but have no problems with it. But staring down the ball as its leaving the park there is no better feeling. Pitchers hold grudges

  33. toby2k75

    toby2k75Пре 5 дана

    @Darius Jones i follow but not as passionate about the game i once was. Only care about the yankees lol

  34. Darius Jones

    Darius JonesПре 5 дана

    @toby2k75 yep, haven’t followed the game in years because it’s so dry

  35. toby2k75

    toby2k75Пре 5 дана

    @Darius Jones thats what im saying. The game has not been the same. Since rob mannfred took over

  36. Darius Jones

    Darius JonesПре 5 дана

    Played growing up, and our coach would tell us to grow a pair lol. A grown man playing a child’s game and his feelings is hurt because his opponent stared down a homer? Yikes. That pitcher is fragile

  37. heelsgiants philliesnets

    heelsgiants philliesnetsПре 6 дана

    Gomez is my favorite baseball player of all time and if it weren’t for the way he plays that wouldn’t be the case.

  38. Rj Fusco

    Rj FuscoПре 6 дана

    these unwritten rules are for the pitchers that can't take losing

  39. Israel Hawe-Muldrock

    Israel Hawe-MuldrockПре 6 дана

    Ohh so what you’re saying is there’s unwritten rules because Americans are soft and they can’t handle it when they’re losing? Bunch of pansies

  40. Gabor Kiss

    Gabor KissПре 6 дана

    The “unwritten rules”, reason #17 why baseball is dying.

  41. Nicholas Tomaselli

    Nicholas TomaselliПре 6 дана

    Baseball is full of nonsense like this, and superstitions, because it’s just so boring otherwise.

  42. Lunch Box

    Lunch BoxПре 6 дана

    Baseball is for sensitive tough guys.

  43. Romeo Carter

    Romeo CarterПре 6 дана

    Baseball dead anyways

  44. Michael X

    Michael XПре 6 дана

    MLB better step into the 21st century or end up America's PAST time.

  45. Dark Wanderer

    Dark WandererПре 6 дана

    Carlos Gomez sounds like he was shot in the mouth.

  46. Jovaaay

    JovaaayПре 6 дана


  47. Tae Lew

    Tae LewПре 6 дана

    Baseball is not my thing; this probably why lol! 👎🏾

  48. Christ Is king

    Christ Is kingПре 6 дана

    Baseballs unwritten rules are killing the game

  49. Kim Jong Trump

    Kim Jong TrumpПре 6 дана

    This was a bad time to release this tbh

  50. Nick Marin

    Nick MarinПре 6 дана

    annnnnndddd there is the race card

  51. Alex Stachura

    Alex StachuraПре 6 дана

    LOL imagine having to apologize. More pitchers should purposely go down 3-0 since everybody isnt going to swing what a joke

  52. Zachery harmeyer

    Zachery harmeyerПре 6 дана

    I agreed with almost all of this until you made it about race. I’m so tired of it.

  53. Ron Duece

    Ron DueceПре 6 дана

    White ppl smh

  54. Sherman Dudley

    Sherman DudleyПре 6 дана

    Unwritten Rules of MLB= Pitchers are snowflakes and since most of them are White we must protect their feelings

  55. Charlie 502

    Charlie 502Пре 6 дана

    It's not a white thing. It's a respect thing

  56. Jaime Munoz

    Jaime MunozПре 6 дана

    Banish whitey's unwritten rules

  57. Devin Williams

    Devin WilliamsПре 6 дана

    If it’s not written, it’s not a rule 🤷‍♂️

  58. Charlie 502

    Charlie 502Пре 6 дана

    People hating on the unwritten rules. It's called respecting the game.

  59. Jay Ward

    Jay WardПре 6 дана

    Boring. Tatis. Gets hurt.go home take your 💰 happy

  60. Charlie Bennett

    Charlie BennettПре 6 дана

    No one care about baseball

  61. Nick

    NickПре 6 дана

    The ones upset about the grand slam are absolute clowns

  62. Northern King

    Northern KingПре 6 дана

    Good those rules are ghaaaaaaaaaaay!

  63. Simaaj22

    Simaaj22Пре 6 дана

    Didn’t MLB just pull the All Star game from Atlanta due to the GA voting laws that passed ???? 🧐 (social justice comment)

  64. Jake

    JakeПре 6 дана

    Why do u have to make everything about race

  65. Jake

    JakeПре 5 дана

    @Leon Sugar not white players just american players. they made it about race by saying white players

  66. Leon Sugar

    Leon SugarПре 6 дана

    They brought up how people from other countries and cultures play more expressively than white players. Not that difficult to comprehend. No one said it was racist just different. Relax.

  67. Jake

    JakeПре 6 дана

    its an American league so American rules not a race thing

  68. MannyTwice

    MannyTwiceПре 6 дана needs to turn up

  69. Og

    OgПре 6 дана

    Yall still rocking with baseball⁉️

  70. Luigi Biancucci

    Luigi BiancucciПре 6 дана

    Latin players* As always

  71. ddp540

    ddp540Пре 6 дана

    MLB puttin on the full court press..."guys plz come watch us, we're cool now" 🤣

  72. g s

    g sПре 6 дана

    So what I take from this video is that there are A LOT of not straight men playing baseball.

  73. Jamal Jones

    Jamal JonesПре 6 дана

    As a so called “black” man who grew up in a major city, I would definitely watch baseball more if they allowed more freedom of expression from celebrations dorm to the cleats they wear. As long as it’s not delaying the game or ppl aren’t getting hurt, let them folks live

  74. James Bond

    James BondПре 5 дана

    @Jamal Jones yeah as you are a Latino black man . Surely you watch baseball.

  75. Jamal Jones

    Jamal JonesПре 5 дана

    @Spit on it Paw paw you can call it what you want. Bt you seen towards the end of the video how even the players are talking about being “swaggy”. MLB would bring evem more money if they did Jordan, Nike, Under Armor shoe collabs in the teams color ways.

  76. Spit on it Paw paw

    Spit on it Paw pawПре 5 дана

    Lmao u sound like a female worrying about what kinda shoes u wear 😃

  77. Schuyler Collett

    Schuyler CollettПре 6 дана

    ESPN is garbage... why am I here? Back to pat McAfee and jomboy

  78. Scubooty

    ScubootyПре 6 дана

    We all know these Black and Latino players don't like rules for their own group. They prefer gangs over law enforcement. Now they got Right Wing trash following their ways.

  79. Scubooty

    ScubootyПре 6 дана

    Go ahead and act a fool, but you are gunna hurt your team's overall chances . Other teams will be getting ready to play you. They will circle the dates.

  80. Scubooty

    ScubootyПре 6 дана

    @Freddie Simmons prepare isn't the verb. Get up for is what I'm talking about. Teams get up for playing the Dodgers (not the Marlins.) When Pebbles Tatis is doing all this celebratory dancing, and crazy bat flips, I don't think it helps her team. I understand that the player's team likes it, but I think other teams get up much stronger to play her team than they normally would. If this was such a great plan, don't you think the best managers would be encouraging it? This is a clown show down there in Sam Diego encouraging it. They mismanaged her shoulder. They are a stupid organization. You watch. This Pebbles Tatis and Lamet will both need surgery. This resting with love and seaweed isn't gunna do it.

  81. Freddie Simmons

    Freddie SimmonsПре 6 дана

    They don't prepare for every team?

  82. Maurice Lamar

    Maurice LamarПре 6 дана

    Well to be honest, seems like the unwritten rules was a way to keep white guys relevant in a majority white sport. Instead of forcing those guys to compete, and get better, they just found was to stunt other people growth.

  83. Maurice Lamar

    Maurice LamarПре дан

    @Stanley Apollon this a literally the dumbest comment, I’ve came across.

  84. Stanley Apollon

    Stanley ApollonПре дан

    Honestly speaking, there's no base stealing, hit n run, bunting and complete games by pitchers. How about more of that along with bat flip fingers, huh?⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️

  85. John Matrix

    John MatrixПре 6 дана

    No let's be really honest blacks are children who can't control their emotions and constantly desperately need attention

  86. Scubooty

    ScubootyПре 6 дана

    It doesn't help your team. Makes the opponent play harder, but yall know everything, already. The only ones who did well doing this was the Astros. We all know why they thought they could do well doing it. The Giants won 3 World Series in 5 years, and much of their success was due to celebrating in a way that didn't energize other teams.

  87. Scubooty

    ScubootyПре 6 дана

    The trash already have WWF and Ultimate fighting to watch.

  88. Good Bro

    Good BroПре 6 дана

    Ah yes. The white racists again.... when does does this victimhood bs end? Now its celebrating in baseball racism... smh.. it's getting creepy.

  89. Scubooty

    ScubootyПре 6 дана

    Pebbles Tatis needs milk, right away.

  90. Rugare Jeche

    Rugare JecheПре 6 дана

    Baseball seems to be very wanky and this coming from someone who likes cricket.

  91. Irish Kiing

    Irish KiingПре 6 дана

    How did the unwritten rules turn into 60% of this vid being nothing but race baiting? This is why espn is a dumpster fire.

  92. ralph geronilla

    ralph geronillaПре 6 дана

    Unwritten rules are for the illiterate

  93. North American Intercontinental GP

    North American Intercontinental GPПре 6 дана

    Unwritten rules Made by boomers to suppress millennials and gen x and z

  94. Jimmi Stone

    Jimmi StoneПре 6 дана

    It’s weird seaing espn do a good segment, but I’ll take it!

  95. LiquiD DiuqiL

    LiquiD DiuqiLПре 6 дана

    Imagine doing this story last year when these rules were being broke. Oh wait, Jomboy did...

  96. King Max

    King MaxПре 6 дана

    It’s about winning. If I have a talent like theses guys, I’ll say this “stop us or shut up. Y’all hate us this bad? Don’t worry we love playing the villain role.” I love the MLB growing up but over the years I been losing love for it. I return watching it two years and I’m enjoying watching players being themselves

  97. Kellen Jones

    Kellen JonesПре 6 дана

    Here’s what I hate about this, most of the people who are hating on Tatis for being fun and exciting have never played pro ball

  98. Police Slapper

    Police SlapperПре 6 дана

    This is why ppl say baseball is lame

  99. Spit on it Paw paw

    Spit on it Paw pawПре 5 дана

    It’s not though there’s a reason why it’s the oldest sport in America and if it was lame it wouldn’t have lasted 170 years like it has

  100. James Dean

    James DeanПре 6 дана

    He’s dropping some sick NFT’s on ethernity chain soon.

  101. Captain Hoopla

    Captain HooplaПре 6 дана

    Don't get blown out then😂

  102. Shinister

    ShinisterПре 6 дана

    Truu 😂

  103. Tommy9834

    Tommy9834Пре 6 дана

    I think the unwritten rules in baseball are there to protect the feelings of pitchers, whereas the unwritten rules of hockey are there to self-policing.

  104. Ray Gonzales

    Ray GonzalesПре 6 дана

    How is he supposed to sit and not swing at a pitch, that pitch goes against his stats no matter what. The unwritten rules make is seem like your not man enough to lose. Kid’s teams get blown out, but it hurts your feeling because your in the MLB and you can intentionally throw a ball at someone.

  105. joshua blanchard

    joshua blanchardПре 5 дана

    The players are making too much money for people to fight and get hurt when they're being shown up.

  106. Jacob Watson

    Jacob WatsonПре 6 дана


  107. Freddie Simmons

    Freddie SimmonsПре 6 дана

    Gen Z is the generation that tried to cancel Eminem for Love the way you lie

  108. Beautiful Gorgeous

    Beautiful GorgeousПре 6 дана

    ‘Unwritten rules’ is just another way of saying ‘Archaic etiquette guidelines.’ They’re a vestige of the game’s past and should be ignored.

  109. Nick Moyer

    Nick MoyerПре 6 дана

    jomboy media > espn

  110. Jeff Mudgett

    Jeff MudgettПре 6 дана

    MLB F off

  111. Jesuslove _isfreedom

    Jesuslove _isfreedomПре 6 дана

    Time to cancel CORPORATE SPORTS pushing their godless woke on us. They say nothing of the atrocities happening in Communist governments but want to get on a state who simply desires people to have a ID to vote These people don't speak out against the evil of Nations around the world that are actually hurting and killing people for their faith if they are selling out for some bread crumbs from these Communist governments they will not be welcomed into the kingdom of God

  112. Jon Whick

    Jon WhickПре 6 дана

    The un written rules are so stupid and 90% of them benefit the pitcher.....pitchers are nothing but cry baby losers

  113. Piper Pohsib

    Piper PohsibПре 6 дана

    This video is only 8 months late, but cool

  114. Marcus Sotelo

    Marcus SoteloПре 6 дана

    I’ll run up the score on you every time grown up

  115. anthony m

    anthony mПре 6 дана

    You don’t want the score run up? Get better

  116. Rafael De La Nuez

    Rafael De La NuezПре 6 дана

    Sorry for hitting a Home run. Come on...

  117. Dominic p

    Dominic pПре 6 дана

    I hate the bat toss, bean him!

  118. Dave Ruckert

    Dave RuckertПре 6 дана

    The buck stops here. Support MLB boycott.

  119. Justin Navarro

    Justin NavarroПре 6 дана

    These “unwritten” rules and traditions is what makes baseball a dying sport

  120. The Humble Memphian

    The Humble MemphianПре 6 дана

    @Matthew Stafford's Burner what harm does this actually cause though

  121. Matthew Stafford's Burner

    Matthew Stafford's BurnerПре 6 дана

    It's a traditional sport. You can't tear down the tradition or the sport is gone. Sellin out to the wro g crowd

  122. Nicolas Sanchez

    Nicolas SanchezПре 6 дана

    Tatis overrated not even the best SS in the NL West

  123. Still Monday

    Still MondayПре 6 дана

    when was this written? feels old

  124. A 20

    A 20Пре 7 дана

    Bautista got snuffed so Tatis could walk.

  125. Anonymous Q

    Anonymous QПре 7 дана

    Somehow he brought it into race

  126. Leo Mobley

    Leo MobleyПре 6 дана

    @MrRay he is tired don't worry about him because those owners cares. You see how much money the NFL, NBA and soccer makes. Yeah

  127. MrRay

    MrRayПре 6 дана

    @First Last well if you don't want your sport to then who cares then 😅

  128. First Last

    First LastПре 6 дана

    @MrRay nobody cares

  129. MrRay

    MrRayПре 6 дана

    It is true tho. Baseball have become more and more unpopular in black communities. Compared to football and basketball

  130. Icy Diamonds

    Icy DiamondsПре 7 дана

    Y’all giving tatis credit for what other new guys like Tim Anderson and Juan Soto were ALREADY doing

  131. ddp540

    ddp540Пре 6 дана

    They didn't give him credit...that grand slam was the turning point when people actually attacked the people tryin to enforce the unwritten rules.

  132. Ryan's Reaction

    Ryan's ReactionПре 6 дана

    non-baseball fans know Tatis tho

  133. Anil Kumar

    Anil KumarПре 7 дана

    Man all these shitty rules is making my blood boil

  134. Anil Kumar

    Anil KumarПре 7 дана

    Baseball is a shitty sport. Period