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Carrasco Delivers an Illegal Pitch

The Mariners hosted the Indians on June 8, 2016. Kyle Seager was batting in the bottom of the fourth with a 1-2 count, two outs and the bases empty when he grounded out 3 unassisted. But the crew (Mike Muchlinski, John Hirschbeck, D.J.Reyburn and Bill Welke) met and, after about three minutes of discussion, correctly called […]

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

5.07 (a) (2) The Set Position

There are two legal pitching positions, the Windup Position and the Set Position, and either position may be used at any time. Pitchers shall take signs from the catcher while in contact with the pitcher’s plate. Rule 5.07(a) Comment (Rule 8.01 Comment): Pitchers may disengage the rubber after taking their signs but may not step […]

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

5.07 (a) (1) The Windup Position

(1) The Windup Position The pitcher shall stand facing the batter, his pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the other foot free. From this position any natural movement associated with his delivery of the ball to the batter commits him to the pitch without interruption or alteration. He shall not raise either […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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21. WINDUP POSITION

21. WINDUP POSITION Rule 5.07(a)(1) [former Rule 8.01(a)]: Pitchers assume the windup position in one of three ways: (1) Facing the batter, hands together, pivot foot in contact with the rubber, other foot free. This is the “traditional” windup position. From this position (hands together), any natural movement associated with his delivery of the ball to […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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20. TIME OF PITCH

20. TIME OF PITCH Rule 5.07(a) [former Rule 8.01]: The time of pitch is defined as the moment the pitcher’s movements commit the pitcher to deliver the ball to the batter. In a windup position, this is defined as the moment the pitcher begins the natural movement associated with the pitcher’s delivery of the ball […]

Insider Report

Quick Pitch: Illegal and Dangerous

Things got hot in Philadelphia this past Tuesday night after the Mets’ Hansel Robles “quick pitched” Darin Ruf of the Phillies. Insider Observations: Per rule 6.02 (a) (5), a quick pitch is an illegal pitch. “Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter’s box. With […]