MLB and all junior league rules describe the Windup and Set positions. And they all specifically state that from a Windup position a pitcher may throw to a base to attempt to pick off a runner.
But… as we know… everyone teaches that when there are runners on base, the pitcher must go to the set/stretch position in order to be able to pick off.
And… every ump I’ve ever seen will call a balk on a pitcher who begins a windup and then does not complete the motion by delivering a pitch to the plate.
SO… how is it ever possible to us a windup position to pick off a runner at first base? As I am imagining it, I can see that it would be a much better way to do it, especially for a right hander, than any other way.
I’d love for someone to please describe who one could execute a pick off to first base without being called for a balk.
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