Posted on: May 3, 2008 8:03 pm


The correct ruling of a balk came into play in my baseball game last night. Now, I know that the balk is a VERY complicated rule, so I went online and looked it up at

According to the rules of baseball, a balk is "an illegal act by the pitcher with a runner or runners on base, entitling all runners to advance one base." The purpose of the balk rule is to preserve a balance between runners attempts to steal bases and the defense's attempts to retire them. Lax enforcement of the balk rule in the 1930s through the 1950s contributed to a sharp decline in base stealing attempts. Stricter enforcement in 1988 led to that season being known as the "Year of the Balk".

The balk rule (8.05 of the rules of Major League Baseball) is complex and technical, with 13 different actions that constitute a balk. Most balks can only be seen from a specific angle, meaning that a large percentage of the spectators at a game will not have seen the violation which caused a balk to be called. A pitcher may be charged with a balk if he:

  1. Starts his pitching motion without completing the pitch
  2. Fakes a throw to first base
  3. While standing on the rubber, throws to a base without stepping directly toward that base
  4. While standing on the rubber, throws or fakes a throw to an unoccupied base, unless a runner is running toward that base
  5. Makes an illegal pitch, including a quick pitch
  6. Pitches while not facing the batter
  7. Makes any part of his pitching motion while not touching the pitching rubber
  8. Unnecessarily delays the game
  9. Stands on or astride the pitching rubber without the ball
  10. After assuming the windup or set position, removes one hand from the ball except in the course of making a pitch or throw to a base
  11. Drops the ball while standing on the pitching rubber
  12. Pitches while the catcher is not in the catcher's box
  13. Pitches from the set position without coming to a complete stop

Now, I will give you the situation of last night - which I know, because I was pitching.

I entered the game with bases loaded, 1 out. A ground ball to the 2nd basemen allowed one runner to score, and got one out on 2nd base. So 2 down, 2 on - 1st and 3rd.

I was pitching out of the stretch, I come up, pitch, and the runner steals 2nd (but there was a foul tip the catcher caught.) I didnt think about that until I got on the rubber, and leaned in to recieve the catchers signal. I turned from that position, asked the ump for time. He didnt give it to me, so from that postion, I took my foot that was on the rubber off, and placed it behind the rubber. Subsequently, the ump called a balk.

I do not see that in the rules. I KNOW it was not against the rules. When a pitcher steps back off of the rubber, all is live, and the pitcher can do anything.

That lead to a discussion between the umpire and my coach, who then got tossed for the first time in 32 years. 

Any clarifications here??

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Posted on: April 29, 2008 11:46 am


Just searching and I saw this stat, after thinking about the Twins grounding into so many double plays, so I checked the player with most DP Grounded into in one year.

Jim Rice holds spots 1 and 2. 36, 35. Consecutive years.

Active player with the most is I-Rod, with 31 in one year.

Cal Ripken holds all-time with 350.

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 17, 2008 11:21 pm


Well, FINALLY, our baseball team got outside this year  - 3 feet of snow kind of slowed that process down. But our first game was our first time outside, first time batting off of a pitcher, not a machine, so we expected to be kind of rusty. The team we were versing had not played any other games, but they had been practicing outside for quite a while.

So, the first inning, our lead-off hitter laces an outside fast ball to right field, steals second, steals third, and we were off to the races. 8-run first inning, and just kept building.

So, when you hear our final score, you'd think football. Basketball. Not baseball.

43-4. No typo. Forty Three to Four. 39 point victory.

But the thing is, we probably only had about 20 hits. It is just, we capitolized on walks, errors, and the like.

The team wasnt totally horrible, they just werent very ... cohesive as a group. One sentence I heard after a missed pop-up "Thats what happens when you sit on the bench all game!" towards the coach. Eh. Kind of makes the game less rewarding.

But, I did go 2-5 (two ground-outs, and reached on an error.) with a inside the park homerun (about a 350 foot left field fence, hit one to the wall) and a two RBI double. 

So, we are 1-0.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 26, 2008 10:33 pm

Baseball Quotes and two jokes (not baseball)

"Well, you can't win them all." ---- Connie Mack, on his 1916 A's, who went 36-117.

"You can have it. It wouldn't do me any good." - Ray Chapman to Umpire Billy Evans after taking two strikes from Walter Johnson in 1915; he had started towards the dugout when the umpire informed him he still had one strike left.

"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes," ..."Show me a good loser, and I'll show you an idiot." - Leo Durocher"

"All I want out of like is that when I walk down the street, people will say 'there goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.'" - Ted Williams

"If he's played that many games without an error, he isn't going after the hard ones. The fellow who enver makes a mistake is the fellow who never does anything." - Tigers manager Hugh Jennings upon being told a minor-league prospect had played 87 straight errorless games.

"Why not have some fun today? Don't try to throw so hard, and use more curves and change-ups" -- Dodger catcher Norm Sherry to Sandy Koufax, Spring training, 1961: Koufax was 36-40 lifetime before the suggestion, and 129-47 after.

"I'd walk me." -- Willie McCovey on how he'd pitch to himself.

"A couple years ago, they told me I was too young to be President, and you were too old to be playing baseball. But we fooled them." -- 45-year old John F. Kennedy to 41-year old Stan Musial at the 1962 All-Star game.

"When I get through managing, I'm going to open up a kindergarten." -- Yankees manager-at-the-time Billy Martin

"Hey, Mac, didn't that one sound a bit low?" --Left Gomez to the umpire after taking a called third strike from Bob Feller.

"If you say you're going to do it, and you go out and do it, it ain't bragging." -- Jay Hanna 'Dizzy' Dean

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." --Lou Gehrig, addressing the crowd in a sold-out tribute ceremony at Yankee Stadium. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease.

"Nobody is half as good as Mickey Mantle." -- Al Kaline, responding to a young boy who had said to him, "You're not half as good as Mickey Mantle."

"Only if she were digging in." -- Early Wynn, notorious brushback pitcher, on whether he would use such tactics on his own mother.

"I'd walk through Hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball." -- Pete Rose

"He's the only guy I know who can go 4-for-3." -- White Sox infielder Alan Barrister on Rod Carew.

"I believe the joy of getting paid as a man to play a boy's game kept me going longer than many other players." -- Stan Musial

"If you're not having fun [in baseball], you miss the point of everything." -- Chris Chambliss

JOKES OF TODAY (Well, atleast, 2 jokes I've heard today)

A blonde walks up to a man on the street, and asks him, "What does IDK mean?" The man calmly replies, "I dont know." The blonde, frustrated, walks away saying "OMG, NOBODY DOES!"


Warning, religious, and political. This one is funny for the Christian Democrat.

A middle-age man goes to the retirement home to pick up his mother to bring her to a voting station. In the car, he asks her "Mom, what you going to vote?" and the old lady replies "Straight ticket, Democratic, just like I always do..." The man just laughed, "If Jesus ran for president for the Republicans, you still wouldnt vote for him, would you?"  The woman just laughs, "Well, why would he switch now?"

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 18, 2008 8:03 pm

Any Fantasy Baseball suggestions?

I'm in a 10- team, H2H league, NL and AL, obviously, and my lineup right now is
Brian McCann - C
Ryan Howard - 1B
Rickie Weeks - 2B
Garrett Atkins  - 3B
Jose B. Reyes - SS
Alex Rios
Vernon Wells
Delmon Young - OF
Travis Hafner - Ut.
Carlos Delgado  1B, U
Chone Figgins    3B, U
Garret Anderson   OF, U
Josh Hamilton    OF, U

and pitchers

A.J. Burnett - SP
Francisco Cordero - RP
Livan Hernandez -SP
Ted Lilly - SP
Tim Lincecum - SP
Brandon Lyon - RP
Brandon Webb - SP
Bronson Arroyo - SP
Gil Meche - SP

And my question is... With my bad pitching, which includes young arms that are under 200 innings/year, and old arms that are on below average teams, and unproven closer with Brandon Lyon, do I trade from my bench the injury-risk Delgado or Figgins for maybe a solid starter. Or if I cannot do that, should I wait until the pitchers either burn out or stop producing and drop them?


Any suggestions?... thanks

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