Say good-bye to the fake to third pick-off move.

2/1/13 in MLB   |   w_g_walters   |   223 respect

Fans tend to get riled when the pitcher looks like he's going to throw to third, then tries to pick off the runner on first. It's a legal, frequent strategy that . . . well, that I, personally, have never seen work.

But apparently, the move has been banned. This comes from Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, who claims the change is official. The move is now a balk. In fact, several major league players have already commented on the rule change with the same reaction: The base runner won't have to stay on his toes as much, making it easier for him.

As for why the rule change was approved, nobody's said anything. And as for how it will change the game, look for more steal attempts--and probably more pitch-outs.

In a time when scoring is high in a game where scoring used to traditionally be low--it used to be that only soccer had less scoring, but now hockey does, also--this could increase the number of runs per game even further. Or, if there are more runners caught stealing, it could lower it, again. We'll just have to wait and see.
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