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About Jimurray

  1. You are correct that it (starting and stopping coming set) is a balk practically speaking in all codes. You will notice the OBR rule has no penalty and some violations of that particular rule are "do not do thats". But in OBR it is balked, one reference being Jim Evans as "common practice." FED balks anything that violates any of their pitching rules. NCAA actually only requires continuous motion of the hands and warns before calling an illegal pitch? My take, if a coach ever read the rules and protested the balk, say in the OP, the start coming set and stopping is a feint without a step and that is a balk in all rule sets.
  2. Once he does that, the only way to avoid a balk is to step off as it was part of the hesitation. Odds vary but not very good.
  3. Gerry Davis' polyester pants fit the bill except for matching your partner's polywools. I know of one assignor that outlaws them. They do turn purple over time also.
  4. So was it a no step or toe behind the back edge of the rubber in the MiLB game?
  5. There might be some people on times square or wherever that could come set with the free foot in the air and not be guilty of a balk. If perfected it might beet a slide step. I wouldn't have a balk if someone could do this.
  6. A tie does go to the runner semantically in the OBR rules except for an appeal play.
  7. Maybe something else was moving? Or, they didn't want to balk in a run in the postseason? They certainly don't shy away from it in the regular season.
  8. That is also another balk charged to the pitcher during an intentional walk caused by the catcher leaving the box before the ball leaves the pitcher's hand (rule), before the pitcher starts his delivery (interp). No umpire should be looking to call this. During two intentional walks in the playoffs this last week two catchers violated the interp. The PUs were not looking at the catchers feet to see if they were in compliance and no umpire should be either.
  9. No, this is garden variety CI. A balk would be charged to the pitcher in OBR if the catcher did this with R3 and a steal or squeeze of HP.
  10. So you're saying that if Joe is at HP he would balk the no step and if he is at 1B he would balk either the toe past the rubber and/or the no step?
  11. OBR, per PBUC, MiLBUM, MLBUM, any part of free foot goes past back edge of rubber. Knee can go past back edge. NCAA, entire free foot or any part of stride leg passes back plane. FED, entire free foot goes past back plane.
  12. That wording exists in a 2004 PBUC I have and an old BRD states that J-R has it as an interp. That would at least be from the 90s.
  13. There is a better angle. U1 had it. He knows what to look for also.
  14. What part of rubber he didn't clearly state. But he did state that if the foot crossed the back leg it was a balk. That is not correct but the myth exists among many untrained umpires no matter what the code. A replay showed the foot behind the pivot foot leg in a position that would not put any part of it behind th back of the rubber. But how that pitcher does it is impressive.
  15. Mine was muted as yours should have been or at least ignore Reynolds. No part of the foot went past the back of the rubber. No balk. Regarding the snap throw, no balk by rule in OBR and no balk in FED and NCAA when it happens that fast. Regarding the step more towards 1B than home, it was but some guys will balk the hips toward home. Those guys haven't yet.