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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 […]

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NEW RULE 2017 – SET VS WINDUP POSITION

In recent years, several pitchers have gone to a modified set/windup position by positioning their pivot foot on the rubber and their free foot in front of the rubber. This can be especially confusing to the runner. Because of this, MLB invoked the following rule revision for the 2017 season. SET VS. WINDUP POSITION Rule […]

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Balk While Making Appeal

It is ideal to keep continuous action while making an appeal for a runner missing a base. But if time is called and the pitcher must start the appeal from the pitching rubber, he is not required to disengage from the rubber to throw the ball to the base. If the pitcher balks during the […]

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Common Balks

A balk is an illegal act by the pitcher with a runner or runners on base, entitling all runners to advance one base. The purpose of the balk rule is to prevent the pitcher from deliberately deceiving a base runner. There are nearly two dozen ways to balk, from making an unnatural motion to delaying […]

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What Happens After a Balk is Called

The Official Baseball Rules clearly state that when a balk is called and the pitcher delivers the ball (either to the catcher or to a fielder) the play is dead as soon as the catcher (or fielder) catches the ball. If the throw is wild but the ball stays in play, runners may advance beyond […]

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Penalty for Balk

When a balk is called, the ball stays alive and in play with the idea that the offense should have its opportunity to exploit the pitch. If a balk is followed by a pitch, the umpire allows the pitch and resulting play by pointing to the pitcher and calling “That’s a balk,” and then getting […]

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Unusual Ways a Batter is Awarded 1B

Catcher Interference The most common type of catcher’s interference occurs when the batter swings and his bat makes contact with the catcher’s mitt. The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out provided he advances to and touches first base when the catcher or any fielder interferes […]

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Pick-off Attempt at Second Base

The Yankees hosted the A’s on July 9. In the bottom of the third inning, the Yanks had Jacoby Ellsbury on second and Brett Gardner on first with no outs and Mark Teixeira at the plate. A’s pitcher Jesse Chavez, while in contact with the rubber, wheeled toward second and threw to shortstop Marcus Semien, […]