I observed something for the very first time last night.
I saw that the Phillies closer, Tom Gordan, actuall on his last warmup toss had half of his foot off the end of the rubber and the midstep to the toes positioned in front of the rubber. In other words he positions himself almost to where the inside corner is on a lefty.
Is this done often? Is this a good technique to use? It seems that he could throw a normal straight fastball and it would be on the edge of the inside corner or outside corner for righties.
What is the ruling on this because he stayed in that position when he began the inning.
Again only half of his foot was in front of the rubber about if that.
I’ve never thought to tell the kids to do this on an 0-2 count where you want the corner and you could just position yourself out there and throw a straight fastball trying to hit it.
Also, when he threw a slider it broke 6 inches off the plate to a righty because of his positioning.