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Fake to third, throw to first? It's now a balk

By January 27, 2013

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It's a move that draws more boos than Alex Rodriguez in a slump. And, thankfully, it's going away.

The fake a throw to third base, throw to first pickoff move is no more. Major League Baseball will impose the rule this year that such a move is now a balk.

"The managers say it's all about speeding up the game," said the former reliever Jeff Nelson, to the New York Times. "I think now, the runner at first might get a little bit of an advantage. All it's used for is to keep the runner at first close. I might have done it 100 times and gotten two guys on it."

And that's the point. It's a move that simply doesn't work, and probably was used as a stalling tactic more than anything else. If there's something baseball doesn't need, it's more stalling tactics.


January 29, 2013 at 12:21 am
(1) Tim says:

Ok first football says it is to rough, Now baseball has said the games are to long. If you are a true fan and someone who loves the game and heritage of the game PLEASE do not mess with it, Y

January 29, 2013 at 12:28 am
(2) Tim Lassiter says:

Ok first football says it’s to rough so they won’t let the guys hit like football is to be played. Now baseball says the games are to long. If you are a true baseball fan and love the heritage of the PLEASE do not mess with it. Yea the play may not work a lot but it is part of baseball. If fans love the game and the team they follow they will stay till it’s over. You know in the movie it was said if you buld it they will come. While they would not like baseball if they came now. Please do not do this . A TRUE FAN

February 1, 2013 at 2:37 am
(3) Brandon says:

I’m sorry. Your entire little 2 paragraph is completely awful and I believe you have never played baseball, or at least pitched, and you are also not a real fan of the sport but more of a playoff, October guy.

The move doesn’t hurt the game at all. It might stall the game by 30 seconds… MAYBE. Most likely 20. If that happens 2 times a game, which is most likely the max, but on an odd occasion it could happen 3-4 times.

It isn’t used to stall like you said, since you have no idea what you are talking about. It is used to keep the runner at first honest. If he says a pickoff to the third, he can’t just take 2nd base, he has to think about the fake and throw to first.

Now runners will be able to do as they please in a first and third situation. Any good base runner basically will get a free pass. The MLB is ruining the game. Next the slow, turn pickoff to 2nd will be a balk, then all pickoffs.

As the man said, first football is too rough, now baseball is too slow. They are finding ways to ruin the game, for profit. Soon we will get what Baseketball predicted.

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