NEW YORK – They have been trying to quantify, codify, clarify the nuances of baseball for well over a century, and more than ever in recent years.
And still, there are loopholes that fascinate, and at times frustrate. Still there are those unwritten rules, explained only with a wink.
When a pitcher lumbers toward the first base line to pick up a slow roller, as the Yankees' Dellin Betances did in the eighth inning Tuesday, and the runner is blocking his view of first base, as the Astros' Carlos Correa was, what can you do?
"I was just running," Correa said, smiling.
But Correa was clearly running inside the first base line, and not in the legal...