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Old Mon Jun 16, 2008, 01:23pm
chuckfan1 chuckfan1 is offline
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From what you said, if F1 is taking a while to pitch, that internal clock inside you ticking, and the batter steps out, Id probably give him the benefit. As long as this hasnt happened much during the game. Call the timeout. Why pick up the dirty end of the stick?
But let him know he needs to request it next time. After all how often does it happen where the batter does step out without verbally asking for time, or at least putting a hand up?
Maybe he put a hand up and you didnt see it?
I rarely have seen this happen, where the batter just steps out without some form of request for time.
If everything is normal, F1 is not taking long, and the batter steps out, call the pitch. Anywhere near the zone, strike it.
As for the balk, the others have nailed it.
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