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Hidden Ball Trick

The hidden ball trick has been around baseball as long as peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks. Well known players like Juan Uribe (Dodgers) and Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) have been victimized by the rule in recent years. Tigers’ shortstop Jose Iglesias tried to pull off the stunt in the bottom of the fifth inning in Kansas […]

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Pitcher Throws to Uncovered Base

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning by first base umpire Adam Hamari in the afternoon game of a day/night double header in Cincinnati. The commotion was the result of a balk call made by Hamari on Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks that sent Reds’ runner Tucker Barnhart to second […]

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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 […]

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Pitcher Throws to First Baseman not Covering the Base

Throwing to the first baseman when the first baseman is not in the vicinity of the base creates a balk when there is no obvious intent on the part of the first baseman to retire the runner. For example, let’s say the first baseman is positioned several feet behind or in front of the base […]