Re: MLB considering banning the fake to third, throw to first pickoff
It is a part of the game. It is used to get a batter to show a bunt early and it is also used for stalling, which whether you like it or not, is part of the game. Why don't we get rid of mound visits by the catchers?
If we want to stop delays in the game lets make a rule that the only time a player other than the pitcher can come to the mound is if a coach is making a visit as well.
I'm not certain as to the rules but ive seen some posters are saying that it is against the rules for a pitcher to attempt to decieve runners. If that is true then the lefty pickoff move should also be a balk if the pitcher's foot travels in any direction toward first base other than a straight line.
While every umpire is different most abide by a 45 degree angle rule.