Re: Rule question
I was curious enough and found this MLB rule:
(a) No manager, player, substitute, coach, trainer or batboy shall at any time, whether from the bench, the coachs box or on the playing field, or elsewhere --
(3) Call Time, or employ any other word or phrase or commit any act while the ball is alive and in play for the obvious purpose of trying to make the pitcher commit a balk.
PENALTY: The offender shall be removed from the game and shall leave the playing field, and, if a balk is made, it shall be nullified.
So if the ump thinks things are getting out of hand perhaps he could acuse the team of trying to provoke a balk?