Rules Of Baseball: Team Benches

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There are requirements for team benches, too. They have to be at least twenty-five feet from the base lines, and they’re required to have roofs and walls at the back and ends. While The Book doesn’t specifically prohibit it, there aren’t supposed to be campfires in them, either. But Dizzy Dean and Pepper Martin once built a fire in front of their bench on a 110-degree day in St. Louis. They donned blankets and sat Indian-style before the fire. The public loved it. The umpire’s reaction went unrecorded.

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