Yankees2017 asked in SportsBaseball · 4 months ago

If balks are made to prevent the pitcher from deceiving the base runner, how is the hidden ball trick still a legal play?

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  • 4 months ago

    Pitchers try to deceive runners all the time, but not every deception warrants a balk call. There are thirteen specific rules that govern pitcher balks, and two other rules in which an action by the catcher causes the pitcher to be charged with a balk.

    One of the balk rules sometimes comes into play during the hidden ball trick. If the pitcher does not have the ball and takes a position "on or astride" the pitcher's plate, that is illegally deceiving the runner, and is a balk. If the pitcher stays off the rubber, he hasn't started the pitching ritual, and the other balk rules do not apply. 

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    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. A pitcher makes an illegal motion in order to trick the runner.

    When it comes to the hidden ball play it's up to the baserunner and/or coach to be aware of where the ball is. If they fail to do that they deserve to be put out.

  • 4 months ago

    Balks are made to prevent the deceiving of runners when it comes to throwing a pitch.  The hidden ball trick has nothing to do with throwing a pitch.  Just like when an infielder fakes a throw to a base, to try to catch a different runner, that's legal too.

    Are you going to start whining about that as well?

    You ever see an outfielder hold up his glove for a second (on a ball he isn't going to catch) to try to get a runner to hold up for a moment.  Oh my god, can you believe that's legal?  Start a campaign.

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