illegal pitch Tag Archive


Rule of the Week: Baseball Lifespan

Hold a baseball in your hand. Feel its solid weight and smooth surface. Count its 108 careful stitches. Major League baseballs are hand-sewn in Costa Rica at a Rawlings factory that produces millions of baseballs a year. What happens to those baseballs? “The ball,” Rule 3.01 proclaims, “shall be a sphere formed by yarn wound […]

Academy Courses

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 […]

Academy Courses

Infractions That Result in a Ball Called on the Batter With no Runners on Base

Quick pitch or illegal pitch Tampering with the baseball and the play that ensued is not accepted by the offensive team Violating the hand-to-mouth rule. If a pitcher goes to his mouth while in contact with the rubber, or if he goes to his mouth and does not wipe his fingers, a ball is called […]

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

8.05 Illegal Pitch

A balk is NOT called in Little League in most divisions. With a runner or runners on base, it is an illegal pitch – Major/ Minor League [a balk in Intermediate (50-70) Division/ Junior/ Senior/ Big League] when – (a) the pitcher, while touching the plate, makes any motion naturally associated with the pitch and […]

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

4.00 Starting and Ending the Game

4.01 – The umpires shall proceed directly to home plate where they shall be met by the managers of the opposing teams, just preceding the established time to begin the game. In sequence- (a) The home team manager shall give the batting order in duplicate to the Umpire-in-Chief; (b) Next, the visiting manager shall give […]

Insider Report

Carrasco Delivers an Illegal Pitch

The Mariners hosted the Indians on June 8, 2016. Kyle Seager was batting in the bottom of the fourth with a 1-2 count, two outs and the bases empty when he grounded out 3 unassisted. But the crew (Mike Muchlinski, John Hirschbeck, D.J.Reyburn and Bill Welke) met and, after about three minutes of discussion, correctly called […]

Insider Report

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 […]