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Balk! MLB poised to pick off the ol' fake-to-3rd, throw-to-1st pickoff trick move next year
NEW YORK (AP) ' A pickoff move that's been part of baseball strategy for years might get picked off next season.
Major League Baseball is poised to eliminate the fake-to-third, throw-to-first trick that teams routinely use.
The Playing Rules Committee has approved a proposal to make the move a balk, and MLB executives and umpires are in agreement. The players' union vetoed the plan for this season to discuss it further.
MLB is allowed to implement the change after a one-year wait. There's no telling yet whether that would happen if players strongly object.
Under the new wording, a pitcher could not fake to third unless he first stepped off the rubber. If he stayed on the rubber, as most all pitchers do now, it would be a balk.