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Pickoff Throws by Left-Handed Pitchers

When a left-handed pitcher attempts a pickoff throw to first base, he must step in the direction of the base before throwing to the base.

This is a good explanation of a legal left-handed pickoff move.

Pitching Rubber Balk

If the stride foot of a left-handed pitcher swings back towards second base and goes past the back edge of the rubber, he must deliver a pitch to the plate. The entire foot must cross over the back edge of the rubber for the balk to be called. It is a difficult angle for the home plate umpire but the base umpire should have a good view.


When the free foot swings past the back edge of the rubber, the pitcher cannot deliver a ball to the plate.