Is this Ball or Balk?

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anon996071
Post 135

We had a situation where our Pitcher, prior to stepping on the rubber to pitch, looked at our catcher for a sign, then stepped on the rubber in the stretch position to get ready to pitch, and was called for a balk. Umpire said you can not take signs from your catcher unless you are in the set position whether it be from the stretch or windup. Is this true?

anon955901
Post 134

While coming set (has not come fully set yet), can a lefty then lift his leg up and then throw a pick-off to first base?

gruiz
Post 133

If the bases are loaded and the pitcher throws in the first base direction and the first baseman is standing behind the runner, who separates more than 15 feet from the base and is picked off, is that a...

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In baseball, a pitcher may commit a number of illegal motions or actions which constitute a balk. A balk ordinarily results in an immediate dead ball and nullification of any pitch, and each runner is awarded one base. The batter generally returns to bat with the previous count. There are cases when a balk may be ignored partially or completely, though this is very rare. The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898.[1] In certain seasons, there has been a flurry of balks as umpires tried to restrict certain pitching motions. The principal seasons in this regard were 1950, 1963, and 1988. Currently, Bob Davidson is known as the "balk umpire."

Most basically, a pitcher is restricted to a certain set of motions and one of two basic pitching positions prior to and during a pitch; if these are violated, a balk is called.

With a runner on base and the pitcher on or astride the rubber, it is a balk[2] when the pitcher:

switches his pitching position...
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This article answers the question “What is a Balk?” and describes how to recognize when it happens.

What is a Balk?

In the simplest sense, a balk is when the pitcher tries to intentionally deceive the hitter or runner. It can be a flinch on the mound after the pitcher gets set, a deceptive pick off attempt, or even just as simple as dropping the ball once you become set. There are many actions that can result in a balk. When runners are on base and a balk is called, all the runners move up one base.

Since the umpire can’t read the pitcher’s mind, certain movements are considered deceptive and will be called a balk.

Balk or Pick off Move for Left Handed Pitchers

Here is the rule for a pick off move for a lefty pitcher. If the pitcher does not follow this rule, then it is called a balk.

First, when the pitcher starts his motion and his right foot crosses his left knee, the pitcher has to throw home.

If he tries coming to first he will be...

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Expert: Dennis Girardi - 5/12/2007


Question

QUESTION: The pitcher comes set with men on base. He then proceedes to go into awindup from the set position. Is this a balk?

ANSWER: Hey Mike,

Yes, this is definitely a balk.....no doubt about it...

Dennis

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QUESTION: I assume that it's a balk for the following: Deceiving the runner, stepping with his foot towards first (right handed pitcher) and not throwing to first, and not delivering the ball directly to the batter. If these are right and/or if there are some I've missed, please advise and THANKS A LOT.

Answer

Hey Mike,

Let's review........You have missed quite a few..
These are all balks.

Pitcher does not come to a complete stop while standing on the pitching rubber.
During a pitch, ball slips out of a pitcher's hand and crosses the foul line. This would be a 'ball' if there were no runners on base.
Pitcher begins to...

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In baseball, a pitcher can commit a number of illegal motions or actions that constitute a balk. Most of these violations involve a pitcher pretending to pitch when he has no intention of doing so. In games played under the Official Baseball Rules, a balk results in a dead ball or delayed dead ball. In certain other circumstances, a balk may be wholly or partially disregarded. Under other rule sets, notably in the United States under the National Federation of High Schools (Fed or Federation) Baseball Rules, a balk results in an immediate dead ball. In the event a balk is enforced, the pitch is generally (but not always) nullified, each runner is awarded one base, and the batter (generally) remains at bat, and with the previous count. The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898.[1]

A pitcher is restricted to a certain set of motions and one of two basic pitching positions before and during a pitch; if these regulations are violated with one or more runners...

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Bryce Harper walks off the field after flying out in the first inning of Sunday’s loss to the Mets. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Another day, another slew of some other team’s sports fans angry at Bryce Harper. This time, it’s Mets fans who jeered the Nationals‘ No. 34 after he faked out some fans at Citi Field by pretending to throw them a souvenir ball.

Harper’s fake-out came at the end of the first inning when he caught a flyball near the first base line. Harper then ran over to the group of fans vying for the ball before pretending to throw it and keeping it in his glove instead.

Many people, including NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, didn’t appreciate the move.

Remember that lady who ripped the foul ball away from a kid, well she has 100 times more class than Bryce Harper.

— Baseball Wise (@Baseball_Wise) September 5, 2016

Bryce Harper faking out the fans by not tossing the ball to them is reason number 3086432 why he's...

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According to the rules of baseball, 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 preserve a balance between runners attempts to steal bases and the defense's attempts to retire them. Lax enforcement of the balk rule in the 1930s through the 1950s contributed to a sharp decline in base stealing attempts. Stricter enforcement in 1988 led to that season being known as the "Year of the Balk".

The balk rule (8.05 of the rules of Major League Baseball) is complex and technical, with 13 different actions that constitute a balk. Most balks can only be seen from a specific angle, meaning that a large percentage of the spectators at a game will not have seen the violation which caused a balk to be called. A pitcher may be charged with a balk if he:

Starts his pitching motion without completing the pitch; Fakes a throw to first base; While standing on the rubber, throws...
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their work; and ever ready to come to a halt, land, make a fire, put on the great pot, and smoke, and gossip,...

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An example of the topspin applied by pitchers to a 12–6 curveball.

The 12–6 curveball is one of the types of pitches thrown in baseball. It is categorized as a breaking ball because of its downward break. The 12–6 curveball, unlike the normal curveball (also referred to as the "11 to 5 curve" or a "2 to 8 curve" for its motion), breaks in a downward motion in a straight line. This explains the name "12–6", because the break of the pitch refers to the ball breaking from the number 12 to the number 6 on a clock.[1][2] While the 11-5 and 2-8 variations are very effective pitches, they are less effective than a true 12–6 because the ball will break into the heart of the bat more readily.[1][3]

The pitch is used throughout Major League Baseball. It has several nicknames, including the "yellow hammer".[4]

Movement[edit]

The 12 to 6 curveball is the toughest type of curveball to hit as a batter, because it moves vertically, and has no horizontal break. The...

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The 46-year-old exploded onto the screens, and immediately started chewing up the scenery and spitting it out along with the young cast members out as the audacious

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