NPB’s Unwritten Rules

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Baseball has always been a game of tradition and “unwritten rules,” and in Japan, they are followed very closely. If you decided not to follow these traditions and "unwritten rules" you run the risk of being seen as disrespectful or an embarrassment to the game, just ask Jack Elliot from the film Mr. Baseball. Many people are frustrated with Shinnosuke Shigenobu for breaking one of Japan’s largest unwritten rules, not striking out on purpose. Allow me to explain.