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After reading the article, I am surprised how SMALL the effects of .15 sec of time are; only 5% success rate difference. I would have guessed the relationship was much larger.
johnny cueto really has an extraordinary ability to hold runners. and it's not a balk move
when they mess around with their lead leg that suggests they are going home but they wheel and come to first
that's deceiving the runner but umps are haphazard in calling unless they don't like the pitcher (joe west division)
I am writing in terms of what I have witnessed be called and then get dissected as to why the balk was called.
I am not presenting myself as any kind of balk move expert
I would prefer less snark and more substantive responses in these threads, but hey, maybe that's just me.
The lefty, of course, has the ability to hang the right leg in the air, or move it slightly toward home but still fire to first.
As for righthanded pitchers, as a baserunner, I wasn't taught to consider any fiddling front leg, because nothing mattered until the pitcher a) lifted the front leg, which indicated he was going home, or b) whirled and fired to first. The rules governing the righty (at least on throws to first) are pretty straightforward.
There's a guy who pitches in our baseball league that does a weird twitch with his back foot before he pitches. I'm sure he doesn't even realize he's doing it, but I'm pretty sure it's a balk
That sure sounds like a balk.
Or, in the case of certain Major League lefthanders, move his leg entirely in the direction of home and one millimeter toward first. Apparently that's not a balk either.
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