penalty for not stepping directly toward a base

RulesMLB Umpire Manual


Rule 6.02(a)(3): The pitcher, while touching the rubber, must step directly toward a base before throwing to that base. If a pitcher turns or spins off his free foot without actually stepping, it is a balk. In stepping to a base, the pitcher must lift his entire non-pivot foot off the ground and bring it…

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