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Pitcher Throws to First Baseman 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 and is not holding the runner when the pitcher, while in contact with the rubber, throws to the first baseman…

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 and is not holding the runner when the pitcher, while in contact with the rubber, throws to the first baseman…

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...the first baseman could not make a legitimate play on the runner when he received the throw from Pettitte, he was called for a balk.

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