Banning 1st-and-3rd Pickoff trick?
Major League Baseball is poised to pick off the much-maligned move, the fake-to-third, throw-to-first ploy that often succeeds only in getting the whole ballpark to shout "Balk!"
First, I've never seen this work. Second, the reason it never works is that pitchers rarely throw a pick off to third base, unless they catch the runner breaking for home.
I don't know why this would bother anyone. How about limiting the pick-off throws to any base? That would actually speed up the game.
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