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Old 01-14-2013, 05:56 PM
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Default Rule changes for 2013 - fake to third PO move now a balk!

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/88...rs-sources-say


New balk rule. No more "fake to 3rd, throw to 1st"
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:50 PM
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But what will fans boo now??
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:32 PM
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In Washington? Everything.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:39 PM
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I don't believe the fake-to-third-throw-to-first will be considered a balk if the pitcher is not in contact with the rubber because if you're not on the rubber, you're even allowed to fake to first or second. I don't know how the play ever became legal for pitchers who were in contact with the rubber, but sometime in the 1970s or '80s, umpires stopped calling balks on the play.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:45 PM
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The opposing pitcher throwing over two first.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:02 PM
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Don't forget intentional walks
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:18 PM
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Talking intricacies of the game such as balk rules, make me miss it more.

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Old 01-16-2013, 04:41 PM
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:17 PM
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Default WOW! Fake to third throw to first PO move now a balk!

This sucks...

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-bi...9715--mlb.html
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:18 PM
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but it's not just the 3rd to 1st move, but any fake throw to third by the pitcher. This seems like a horrible idea to me. Fake pickoffs to third are a part of the game for a reason, runners are going to be running wild in first and third situations. The pitcher is already at a disadvantage having to hold two runners from advancing.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:57 AM
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Maybe it's me getting old, but whenever I see this move done, I think of Blackjack. He seemed pretty good at it.
So basically if you're a runner at first, as soon as the arm motion goes to third, take off for second? Seems to me this will reward teams with speed and aggressive base running. Sounds like a good fundamental to practice in spring training.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:30 PM
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but it's not just the 3rd to 1st move, but any fake throw to third by the pitcher. This seems like a horrible idea to me. Fake pickoffs to third are a part of the game for a reason, runners are going to be running wild in first and third situations. The pitcher is already at a disadvantage having to hold two runners from advancing.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:43 AM
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I am in full agreement.
There they go watering down the game again to the detriment of pitching, anything to pump the scoring now that PEDs on the way out. Honestly I wish they'd put the height of the mound back up where should be too. That fake 3rd pick off is thriller when it works. Once I was pitching,pulled that move, but the 1st baseman was fooled and was not expecting the throw to come to him, 2 runs scored, oh no. So it has its risks too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:56 AM
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I was watching Dan Pleasac and someone else discuss this on MLB Network a few weeks ago and Pleasac pointed out that prior to 1986ish the fake to third go to first move WAS a balk, so this isn't that big of a rule change.
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