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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Tigers lose on walk-off balk

Among the first drills new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus worked on with his club in February was a rarely attempted pickoff move to third base.
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Honestly, it felt like a disaster waiting to happen when Ausmus introduced the drill, and on Friday night a perfect example of just how disastrous it can be played out when a little bit of miscommunication led to a game-ending balk in Detroit’s 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 09, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4668555)
This reminds me of one of my favorite games of all times.
   2. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:43 AM (#4668558)
I find it interesting that Ausmus so publicly stated his plans to install a third-base pickoff move. It seems counterproductive, unless you have no intent to actually install a third-base pickoff move during the regular season, but wouldn't mind putting it in the back of your oppponents' minds in an effort to keep them a little closer to the bag.

If the latter was truly your intent, a walkoff balk in a Grapefruit League game wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen.

   3. Monty Posted: March 09, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4668611)
They call balks in spring training?
   4. Brian Posted: March 09, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4668756)
Why wouldn't they call balks in Spring training? Everybody needs the practice, umps too.
   5. haven Posted: March 09, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4668777)
everybody wants spring training games to end. i would consider telling my pitcher to walk the first hitter in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game and then balk three times just to get on the road home earlier. especially in florida.
   6. Accent Shallow Posted: March 09, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4668782)
everybody wants spring training games to end. i would consider telling my pitcher to walk the first hitter in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game and then balk three times just to get on the road home earlier. especially in florida.


If you wanted to get home even earlier, you'd just have him hit the guy :)
   7. It's a shame about Athletic Supporter Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4668864)
I find it interesting that Ausmus so publicly stated his plans to install a third-base pickoff move. It seems counterproductive, unless you have no intent to actually install a third-base pickoff move during the regular season, but wouldn't mind putting it in the back of your oppponents' minds in an effort to keep them a little closer to the bag.


This exactly.
   8. Dale Sams Posted: March 10, 2014 at 04:00 AM (#4668901)
How about a few pick-off throws behind a trail runner just to get into their heads too

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