Sports 101: How to Understand the Balk Penalty on a Baseball Match

Baseball

Baseball is a bat-and-ball type of game played on a diamond-shaped circuit field of four bases between two teams of nine players, playing alternately on batting and fielding per innings.  The objective of the game is to make more scores than the opposing team. Scoring a run is when a player completed the running and stepping on four bases in a counter-clockwise direction.

Now what exactly mean when an umpire shouted a balk against the pitcher? Balk penalty is one of the most confusing rules in baseball. A balk in baseball is any pitcher’s attempt to deliberately deceive the runner or hitter. Considering the umpire cannot guess what the pitcher’s thinking, any unnecessary movements can be considered as deceiving which might be called a balk.

There are many scenarios that an umpire would cause to call a balk:

  • When a pitcher starts to make a movement particularly in giving a pitch but stop all of a sudden during its delivery.
  • If a pitcher is in a set position, and he does not make a full stop or pause with both hand in front of him.
  • When pitcher’s foot is on the pitching rubber, then he faked a throw to a base with no runner on it or faked a throw to first base with a runner on it. Discontinuation of a throw to the first base after making a step toward the target base is ruled as faking a throw.
  • When a pitcher’s foot is on the pitching rubber, then he makes a throw to a base before or not stepping toward the target base.
  • If the pitcher forms a gesture particularly associated with the pitching motion and not stepping on the pitching rubber.
  • Assuming or faking that the pitcher has the ball, then he form a striding stance or just with his foot on the pitching rubber.
  • Before the batter get set in the batter’s box and pitcher makes a throw. A “ball” will be called if there were no runners on base.
  • The ball slips out of the hand of pitcher and it cross the foul line during a pitch. A “ball” will also be called if there were no runners on base since this is also a legal pitched.
  • The pitcher not facing the batter and he gave a pitch.
  • If a pitcher is in a set position, making a full stop position and then he removes or separates his hand not giving a throw or a pitch.
  • When a pitcher’s foot is on the pitching rubber, then he drops the ball on the pitcher’s mound.

 

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