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Unwritten rules changing to welcome big cuts from rookies like Bichette

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10.08.2019

TORONTO – When Bo Bichette swings, he spares no effort. His left leg kicks, his torso rotates and his hair flies. If he connects, the ball goes a long way.

With four home runs through his first 12 big-league games, Bichette has shown that his power plays at the MLB level. But what happens when he misses is also interesting for those intrigued by baseball’s unwritten rules. Consider what Bichette said Thursday after he fell to the ground with an epic swing and miss only to homer on the next pitch.

“Other teams don’t like when rookies take big swings,” he explained. “A lot of times when a rookie does that they kind of want to prove something, so I knew I might get a pitch to hit.”

Let’s take that in for a moment. Other teams don’t like it........

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