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Who the hell ever throws to third base anyway so why should a runner ever assume that the pitcher is doing anything other than bluffing?
Who the hell ever throws to third base anyway so why should a runner ever assume that the pitcher is doing anything other than bluffing? I'd be happy to see the move gone just because it's dumb and a waste of time.
#### me, Greg Maddux is a faster poster.
On the other hand, it has a (small) place in letting the defense see if a play is on without wasting a pitch. It's not significantly worse than a fake throw to 3b or 2b so what's the harm in leaving it alone? It seems like change for change sake, which is usually not smart. I say leave it alone.
As for the rule change itself: anything that results in the pitcher delivering the ball to home plate sooner is OK with me.
Will we see more steals of home as a result?
I thought I remembered Turk Wendell successfully pulling it off twice within a few weeks' time, and Googling it I see somebody claiming it was twice in one game.
Seems to be May 16, 2000.
I'd rather MLB take serious looks at the things that are genuinely slowing down the game (stepping out, fiddling on the mound between pitches). Elmininating something that costs almost no time while occasionally resulting in a play on the bases does not seem like a good start.
It's commonplace enough that no baserunner should ever be fooled by it, but, as this thread shows, baserunners do get fooled by it enough to make it not a completely pointless exercise
I vaguely recall Mitch Williams (as a Cub?) doing this successfully to the Expos late in the year, ending a desperate, late season Montreal playoff push. Late 80s maybe?
(1) On its face, this rule change doesn't seem like it would speed the game up. Quite the contrary. Seems to me the most likely alternative to this play is a fake to third, reset, fake to first, etc. Potentially twice the time wasted. (Take that, rules committee!)
So, has any one ever see it work?
I worked at it some and probably not enough, but think about it....If a RHP had a killer Andy Pettite move, why wouldn't it work? It's almost unfair, hence why it's sort of a sneaky way to get it done.
Faking to first is already a balk.
My crazy notion: I'd like to see the impact of there being no balk rule, but in conjunction with a limit on pickoff attempts. Like, in spring training.
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