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Old Sat Sep 19, 2020, 03:20pm
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balk?

1. Right handed pitcher, runner on third. From the stretch/set, pitcher steps toward third, but does not throw to third. Balk?

2. Right handed pitcher, runner on third. From the stretch/set, pitcher does not step toward third, but does throw to third. Balk?

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Old Sat Sep 19, 2020, 09:14pm
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Both 1 and 2 are illegal. A pitcher must step to a base prior to throwing if he is on the rubber. Official Baseball Rule 6.02 (a)(2) prohibits faking a throw to 1st base or 3rd base, and 6.02(a)(3) requires a pitcher to step to a base prior to throwing to a base.
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Old Sun Sep 20, 2020, 07:14am
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Originally Posted by ilyazhito View Post
Both 1 and 2 are illegal. A pitcher must step to a base prior to throwing if he is on the rubber. Official Baseball Rule 6.02 (a)(2) prohibits faking a throw to 1st base or 3rd base, and 6.02(a)(3) requires a pitcher to step to a base prior to throwing to a base.
Some rules codes (and some local leagues have a league rule) still allow the fake to third. I agree that it's a balk in OBR.
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