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VIDEO: We're policing foul balls and follow throughs now

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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The list of arbitrary (and completely ridiculous) "unwritten" rules keeps growing. Now players aren't allowed to foul a ball straight back off the catcher's mask if it's followed by an accidental follow-through that catches the catcher in the mask. See?

That's a tough sequence for Braves catcher Gerald Laird, to be sure. You never want to see a catcher take one of those foul balls off the mask and you definitely never want to see a follow-through (or backswing, as it seems to be called these days) catch the mask. Both are very unfortunate. Both are very unintentional, too.

Evidently that isn't good enough for Braves reliever David Carpenter, though, as Corey Dickerson was hit with a pitch for ... I don't even know. Existing? Being a baseball player? I'm sure he was really taught a big lesson about life, though. How dare you, Corey.

Seriously, at some point isn't this a bit embarrassing? We're talking about adults here.

The Rockies would retaliate in the ninth inning of their 10-3 win (watch here), because of course they did. I will give kudos to Evan Gattis for immediately taking his base instead of escalating the matter into a brawl.

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