Understanding baseball's rulebook

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The setup

Baseball is a very simple game in some respects, but its rules are very complicated. So complicated, in fact, that some managers and players don't even know them all.

Take some time and read the rulebook. When you're done, you will have learned about 100 things you didn't know, and perhaps a bunch of things you didn't want to know. When you're done, you will be able to explain the balk rule, but won't be able to see one when it happens.