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  4. Jimurray

    Fielders Balk

    fixed your post
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  6. Vegas_Ump

    Fielders Balk

    In most books, if the fielder's foot is touching the line, that's enough to be completely in fair territory. (The Fed interpretation is listed above.) But if it isn't, call time and fix it. "Don't do that!" (As Rich pointed out.) If the situation persists, the fielder can be ejected. Mike Las Vegas
  7. They are very rare but there are some scenarios where you can have a time play with less than 2 outs...and just because you didn't signal with your partner pre-pitch that it's a time play doesn't change the fact that it's still could end up being a time play! If you're on the plate, in addition to all the other things you're responsible for, you must be aware of non-force third outs being made relative to runners trying to score at all times! ~Dog
  8. Jimurray

    Fielders Balk

    Unless you have been reading a poorly indented older Triumph version of OBR rules there is no Balk penalty for any fielder not to be in fair territory when the ball is put in play, pitch or pickoff. Why would you say "we won't do it"? It's not in the rules in OBR. Where do you get your OBR reference to "time of pitch?
  9. MadMax

    Fielders Balk

    I wrote an answer covering this exact topic on Quora. Please note, this is somewhat diluted, and in layman’s terms, due to Quora being a broad, general Q&A forum. ——————— Question: How can a first baseman cause a balk? A first baseman (abbreviated as 1B, or in fielding notation F3) can cause a balk to be called, but it’s not for the reason you, and several other questions here on Quora allude to, think of. Also, this is not attributed to the F3 in the official scorebook, thus, it is not a “first baseman’s balk”; a Balk can only be ascribed to the pitcher. By rule, a pickoff attempt by a pitcher must be thrown directly to a base for the purposes of making a play on a Runner either occupying that base, or attempting to advance (steal) to that base. If no play is applied, attempted, or judged to have been attempted, then the throw is illegal. And with (a) runner(s) on base, an illegal throw by the pitcher is a Balk. Here’s a great example (a shame it happened to my favorite team): KBO DFS ACCOUNT 씨발 on Twitter (silly Tweets, can’t embed them) Watch carefully. Brandon Woodruff makes a pickoff throw to 1B, and Eric Thames receives the throw by stepping well away from the bag (towards the mound and home plate), and neither acknowledges Wong’s (the runner) retreat to the base, nor makes any gesture, even a cursory one, that would constitute a tag attempt. Thus, this is judged to be illegal, and a balk. Now, there are several things Thames could have done that would have made this just a routine, legal pickoff attempt: Thames could have been closer to the base. A reach’s distance, approximately 3 feet. Thames could have received the throw, and simply have turned his head and upper body, gauging and preparing to tag Wong as he retreated to the base. Thames, had he been closer to the bag, wouldn’t necessarily have to look at Wong. He could have nonchalantly brush-tagged Wong after he had retreated to the base. Any of those three acts could have been judged as routine, and negated the Balk. Is Thames the cause of the Balk call? Yes. Is the Balk, though, ascribed to him? No, the Balk is ascribed to Woodruff, the pitcher. Now, with that said, let’s cover one of the biggest myths in baseball – the “First Baseman’s Balk” for being in Foul Territory. The Rules state that all fielders, other than the catcher, shall be in fair territory at time of pitch so as to make it a legal pitch. Is a pickoff attempt a pitch? No, it is not a pitch. Thus, it doesn’t matter where, exactly, the first baseman is positioned prior to a throw, so long as he is attempting to make a play on the runner. So, can he stand in foul territory, just beyond the base, and receive a pickoff attempt throw? Certainly. Can he stand there, in foul territory, when a pitch is delivered? No, technically not. However, a Balk is a judgement call based on “technical qualifying factors”. Pitchers must stop, or pause, when coming set, prior to delivering the pitch (with runners on). What constitutes a “stop”? Who defines it? The umpires do, in their judgement. I’m going to tell you, nobody is watching the particular positioning of the first baseman’s feet while a pitch is being delivered; and, if they are, no umpire worth their salt, especially at the professional levels, is going to call Time at the end of a pitch, penalize the pitcher for a balk, and award a base. They (We) just. won’t. do. it. Because, if we want to get technical, how does the first baseman’s left foot being in foul territory affect that pitch the pitcher just pitched? It doesn’t. Simple.
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  11. noumpere

    Fielders Balk

    If he's in foul territory before the pitch, I'm asking him to move to a legal position. If he's in foul territory during the pitch, I'm not looking at it (especially as PU). So, it should "never" be called in FED. I'm sure the coach had it called on him by some uninformed umpire and now wants it called on others. Two (at least) people need to be properly instructed.
  12. beerguy55

    Fielders Balk

    More specifically, in OBR the rule states the fielder needs to be in fair territory when the ball is put into play - so it's on the ump to ensure all fielders are properly positioned before he puts the ball in play...there can't be a penalty if he incorrectly does so.
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  14. @Rich Ives is 100% correct. The rule says he has to be in fair but there is no specified penalty for not complying. I’m not gonna sweat it unless a coach complains and in which case I will be sure to enforce the rule equally for both teams. At this point if F3 or F5 refuses to follow orders he is subject to ejection. Again, this is OBR. Sorry to drift from fed rules.
  15. Rich Ives

    Fielders Balk

    In OBR it's a "don't do that". The list of balks is in the rules. This isn't one of them.
  16. Short answer: Fed rules = one foot in fair is fine.
  17. JSam21

    Fielders Balk

    Fed rules only require one foot be in fair territory. Touching the line is in fair territory. In Fed, both feet must be completely in foul territory at the time of pitch... it is an illegal pitch... with runners on it would be a balk... I'm not looking at the defender's feet at first base at time of pitch... especially as the PU.
  18. aaluck

    Fielders Balk

    My son had a situation last week and we need some clarification. Perfect game-Fed rules (although they all pitch in the hybrid-down to 12u). R1 and F3 is covering first with one foot in fair territory and one in foul territory--to be clear his foot (in foul territory) may or may not be on chalk as, quite frankly, he wasn't looking that close from PU. 3rd base coach (yes, not 1st base coach) starts in about that being a balk. Guy apparently lost 14-3 and followed them to the ump changing room to complaint to tournament director, blah blah. My understanding is that both feet would need to be in foul territory for this to be a balk. If one toe is on the line and the other foot out of play is he in or out for the purpose of this rule? Also has anyone ever called this? What is the supposed advantage, the only thing I can think of would be the left or right fielder coming in for a pick at 1st or 3rd or putting a fielder behind the catcher to prevent passed ball?
  19. ArchAngel72

    Balk or not?

    I am also wondering is this an All-Star game? Guy at the plate has an orange uni, guy at 2nd has a white uni and the on deck batter has a blue uni.. WTH..
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  22. beerguy55

    Balk or not?

    If you were to go down this dark path, then you'd have to ask yourself...how often does your pitcher, or any pitcher, just toss the ball to first base to "keep him close" as opposed to any legitimate attempt to "retire the runner"....you'd have to call this about ten times a game...but that is not the context, nor the spirit, of the rule.
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