Re: MLB considering banning the fake to third, throw to first pickoff
Originally Posted by Salukifan2
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.
I agree that a ton of lefties pick off moves are a balk they are just never called.