Here’s one for ya…
The batter places himself in the batter’s box, ready to take a pitch.
The pitcher delivers two perfect strikes, one after the other.
But wait … on the next signal … the catcher signals for a pitch-out, stands straight up - stretches his mitt out and the pitcher delivers a pitch-out as called for.
“BALL ONE!” the plate umpire calls.
The catcher again, stands straight up - sticks out his mitt, the pitcher delivers another pitch-out.
“ BALL TWO!” the plate umpire calls.
The catcher again, sticks out his mitt … but this time just when the pitcher is going through his delivery motion … the catcher takes his place right behind home plate … and the ball is a perfect strike!
“STRIKE THREE …YEERRRR OUT!
Can the battery do this?? I mean … come on… the catcher stood up and deliberately called for a pitch-out! Isn’t he and his pitcher now obligated to deliver a pitch out?