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Ball Slips From Pitcher’s Hand – Balk

According to rule 6.02 (b) Comment, “A ball which slips out of the pitcher’s hand and crosses the foul line shall be called a ball; otherwise it will be called no pitch. This would be a balk with men on base.” The question is – what is considered a slip as opposed to a pitch […]

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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, […]

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Pitcher Throws to First Baseman who is 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 […]

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Pitcher Throws to 2B but No Fielder is Covering

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, […]