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Balk or no Balk - Team Dempster or Team Reynolds

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Use rules to support your decision. Also, is it a balk by rule, but never enforced as such? Would this be an example of a ticky-tack balk? 

What about with R1, just the initial move by Shields and no throw to first balk or do we leave that alone in our local games?

 

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It's a balk.  The initial move was a jab step, not a disengagement.  That required F1 to throw to first.

This was discussed somewhere on this site shortly after it happened.  Didn't need to / don't want to watch the talking heads on this.

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1 minute ago, noumpere said:

It's a balk.  The initial move was a jab step, not a disengagement.  That required F1 to throw to first.

This was discussed somewhere on this site shortly after it happened.  Didn't need to / don't want to watch the talking heads on this.

So Team Reynolds? :-)

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I'm with team noumpere!  I'm curious as to how/why they reversed it?  No harm no foul?  If there would have been someone thrown out on that, I'm sure it wouldn't have been reversed.   Well, I would Hope so!

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At least in my area there's a well-versed myth...probably because of some of my umpire brethren have also preached it...that it is a legitimate disengage. (Although it's not) Almost a guarantee that was Renteria's argument was that "he stepped off" 

I called this a balk exactly one time in my local area and if I could go back, I wish I hadn't. Because I'm quite certain that I'm the only one calling it for whatever the reason...a little self preservation I guess. 

After all, sometimes there's a cost associated with being right. 

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Shocking the ex-baserunner thinks it's a balk and the ex-pitcher says it's not. :rolleyes:

I'm on the balk side of this discussion. 

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I voted balk on this one when it happened. Not a legal disengagement. Which means, and it HUSTS ME SO to say this, but I guess I'm Team Reynolds here.

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Its half disengage, half jab step (another imaginary 45 degree line ... ha). I think the half jab step trumps the half disengage (balk), but pick one and sell what you've got if you have to. Sometimes, you just have to umpire. 

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