TinCaps Win, Baseball’s Code, Joe Ross

With the Opening Night jitters behind them, the TinCaps picked up a 9-3 win over Lake County in the second game of the season on Friday night. It was production from the top of the lineup that sparked the offense for Fort Wayne, with leadoff man Jace Peterson going 3-5 and scoring three times. Hear highlights from the game with Mike Maahs and Tom Felice, and reaction from Adys Portillo and Jace Peterson in today’s TinCaps report:


After every home game the TinCaps play this season, I’ll partner with Kent Hormann to put together a video recap for your viewing pleasure. Click here to see the recap of the 9-3 TinCaps victory from Friday night.


An elementary knowledge of baseball will teach you that if a batter gets intentionally plunked on one team, you can bet later in the game, someone on the other side is going to get beaned as well. That’s just the way it goes. It’s a tradition that would make Hammurabi proud.

However, that’s not the way it works in society. If someone does something you don’t like, most times you can forgive them. A new study is trying to examine just exactly why baseball doesn’t adhere to the social norms.

“…baseball fans exhibit a high moral tolerance for a form of revenge not otherwise practiced in most of contemporary society: avenging a teammate who has been hit by a pitch by aiming a pitch at an opposing batter who was not previously involved.

Cushman and collaborators A.J. Durwin of Hofstra University and Chaz Lively of Boston University put the question to scores of baseball fans mingling outside Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park last season: A pitcher on the Chicago Cubs intentionally throws at and hits a batter on the St. Louis Cardinals. An inning later, the Cardinals’ pitcher retaliates by throwing at and hitting a previously uninvolved batter for the Cubs.

In the study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the researchers report that 44 percent of the fans they surveyed granted moral approval for the Cardinal pitcher’s beanball.

The researchers call this system of exacting revenge by targeting a teammate “vicarious punishment,” and note that it has emerged in many cultures throughout human history. In such “honor cultures” it has been acceptable to kill someone’s brother to avenge one’s own brother — as in, for example, the American blood feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.

“No one should conclude from this that … vicarious punishment is considered acceptable widely in American culture,” Cushman said. “Quite to the contrary, what makes this striking is that it’s an exception. We’re trying to explain this exception.”

In the study, researchers attempt to discover how the revenge culture of baseball is associated with the cultural practice of “blood feud” or honor.

Click here for the link to the full article. It’s intriguing stuff.


18-year-old Joe Ross makes his TinCaps debut. The righty from California was taken 25th overall out of high school last year by the Padres. He’s only thrown one professional inning so far, but form what we’ve read, expectations are high.

Baseball America says:
“His fastball sat at 91-93 during the spring and 93-95 in short outings during instructional league, topping out at 96 in both settings. He could sit in the upper registers of that range as he fills out his lean frame.  His athleticism and smooth mechanics allow him to throw strikes and locate the ball down in the zone. The Padres love his clean arm action and strong aptitude for throwing a changeup, which projects as a plus pitch.” 

TinCaps catcher Austin Hedges caught the only pro inning Ross has thrown so far last summer in Arizona, but today Jose Valentin will give Matt Colantonio, who holds two degrees from Brown, his first start in Fort Wayne.


Foo Fighters…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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