Hi guys, great site with so much untapped info. You guys certainly sound like you know the game inside out so I was wondering if you can help me with a couple of pickoff move questions:
I tell my pitchers that the important thing is not so much to get an out on a pickoff but to keep the runner from getting that extra step or two on our catcher. I obviously don’t do the coaching thing for a living, but I have a local travel team and want to ensure I don’t teach the kids the wrong ideas.
When a runner is on first base, is it a balk when for a RHP, you do the quick turn and throw to 1st base…when you don’t throw the ball? I know that when you step back and then turn you can fake a throw without it being a balk.
When you step back off the rubber, if you are turning your shoulders while you stepped back, could that be considered a balk? In other words do you have to wait before your right foot is back behind the rubber before you can turn your shoulders to throw over?
On the fake to 3rd without stepping off and turn to throw to 1st…can you do the fake to 3rd and then turn and fake the throw to first? Or do you have to make that throw to first? I’m assuming you don’t have to step off the rubber to do this play.
What do you guys think is the best way for a RHP to throw to 2nd base. Where he jump spins to the left until he’s in line with 2nd, or the one where the knee comes up and turns to the right so that he steps to 2nd base?? For this last one, when he turns to the right after bringing the knee up and steps to 2nd, does he have to throw the ball?
Finally, can a RHP do what a LHP does at first base when he throws to 3rd base in that he does the stretch, the knee comes up and he slightly turns and strides to 3rd and throws there. That is legal isn’t it?
Thanks for any help