The sport of baseball certainly has its share of oddities and peculiarities. For instance, it is the only professional major sport which doesn’t have a clearly defined playing field—each individual stadium is completely different in its outfield dimensions. There is no defined time, as one game can be as short as 90 minutes, while another can be well over four hours (excluding extra innings).
Its uniqueness is what sets it apart from other sports. However, even more unique are the unusual idiosyncrasies that many ballplayers bring to the game. While some of them are actual superstitions, many others are just forms of habits or mannerisms developed by players over the course of time.
Dictionary.com defines idiosyncrasy as “a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.” However it is explained, many players in Major League Baseball have been defined by those peculiar characteristics.
Here is a list of the 25 best player trademarks, or characteristics, in MLB history.
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