Insider Report

Balk Ruled When Pitcher Throws to 3B and Fielder is Too Far from the Base

By rule, the pitcher is charged with a balk while in contact with the rubber when he throws to the first baseman or third baseman who is either in front of or behind the base and obviously not making an attempt to retire the runner at that base.  Several years ago the rule was only […]

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

5.07 (d) (8.01) (c)) Throwing to the Bases

(d) (8.01(c)) Throwing to the Bases At any time during the pitcher’s preliminary movements and until his natural pitching motion commits him to the pitch, he may throw to any base provided he steps directly toward such base before making the throw. Rule 5.07(d) Comment (Rule 8.01(c) Comment): The pitcher shall step “ahead of the […]