Originally Posted by bigfunguy
Often you see where some pitcher is getting LIT UP, but the bull pen guys isn't ready yet, so the pitcher is allowed to stay in to continue pouring gas on the fire....is there a rule that would prevent the pitcher from just continuously stepping off the mound (maybe even throwing to first or wherever a runner is) to just buy time till the reliever is ready??? I mean, you see the pitching coach often come out to buy time, but hte ump comes and breaks it up...how do you prevent my suggestion???
If there is a runner on base, the umpire can call a Balk for delaying the game. I've never seen it, but it 'could' happen.