May 17, 2021

Reds’ Pitcher Steps Off Rubber and Delivers a Pitch…Is That Legal?

Reds’ Pitcher Steps Off Rubber and Delivers a Pitch…Is That Legal?

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John Gilmore Sr.

It’s nice we get and explanation of what happened however, no one ever sites what the MLB 20 or 21 rule book rule is located. Explanations are fine but for new umpires just starting to umpire and their league uses MLB rules, it would be
nice to have the experts site the rule and rule number. How about it experts?

Stan Dyer

These types of things happen all the time in lower level games. It’s difficult for umpires to watch everything they have to watch, whether the Sun is in their eyes, or not.
A big one I see is pitchers who want to feint to first base by first stepping off the back of the pitcher’s plate. That’s fine, except that most take their hands apart at the same time, and that’s illegal. The pitcher cannot separate his hands except to make a pitch, or to throw to a base until his pivot actually touches the ground behind the pitcher’s plate.

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