Worth four minutes of your time: Stephen Brunt's "The World Series: Baseball's Timeless Tradition" video, broadcast as part of Sportsnet Canada's World Series coverage.
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The Infield Fly Rule is obviously not a core principle of baseball. Unlike the diamond itself or the concepts of "out" and "safe," the Infield Fly Rule is not necessary to the game. Without the Infield Fly Rule, baseball does not degenerate into bladderball the way the collective bargaining process degenerates into economic warfare when good faith is absent. It is a technical rule, a legislative response to actions that were previously permissible, though contrary to the spirit of the sport.Here's a discussion of the article at Topography of Ignorance.