Noah Syndergaard believes baseball has 'gotten soft'
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks on the field during spring training workouts at Clover Park.  Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Syndergaard: Unwritten rules are 'stupid,' baseball has 'gotten soft'

Noah Syndergaard did not hold back when he was asked about his thoughts on the unwritten rules of baseball, saying that he thinks they are "stupid."

"I think they're pretty stupid, to be honest," the Mets' pitcher said about baseball's unwritten rules. "Anything unwritten sounds pretty stupid. I think it's very old school, and I think there needs to be a new-school approach."

This has become a growing belief in baseball, as more and more young players have spoken out against the need to respect the unwritten rules, which tend to revolve around "old school" notions of respectability. 

In that vein, Syndergaard also said that he was in favor of players talking more trash in general, as he said there was nothing wrong with batters celebrating when they hit a home run off a pitcher. He pointed to a recent incident between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trevor Bauer, where the Dodgers pitcher said he did not mind being mocked by the Padres shortstop after he hit a home run off of him.

"I think baseball has gotten soft, too. I think there should be some more s--t-talking," Syndergaard explained. "I agree with what Bauer recently said (about the celebration). He gave up two home runs to Tatis, and Tatis heckled him pretty good. I think that's awesome."

Blake Harper is a writer based in New York. He's originally from San Diego and is one of the few Chargers fans left. He doesn't believe in ties and loves elaborate celebrations. Follow him on Twitter @beezyharps 

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