Now when everyone yells, 'Balk,' they're right

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2013 - 6:52 AM

Fake-to-third, throw-to-first move is banned, and some say it matters more than is obvious.

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callmestupidFeb. 25, 13 6:56 AM

"Everything for the offense" Bert Blyleven

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editor29Feb. 25, 13 7:58 AM

This is way overdue. But why stop there? Baseball has a huge pace-of-game issue that needs to be addressed. Slowpoke pitchers, guys stepping out after every pitch, ad nauseum trips to the mound by the pitching coach, manager, catcher, hot dog vendor; trainers sprinting out if a guy pulls up to third with a hangnail; too-long commericical breaks between half-innings; Yankee-Red Sox games lasting longer than my first marriage. The list goes on...

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skeptikFeb. 25, 13 8:48 AM

editor29, I agree with your comments. Anything to speed it up a bit more. I love baseball but find it very difficult to stay interested for very long anymore. And it seems that every at bat is a full count (at least with the Twins pitchers) that goes on forever. The game is becoming a lot like football: 5 seconds of action then stand around for predictably long stretches of time. Yuck and unfortunately boring. Needs to be addressed.

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markspringFeb. 25, 1311:38 AM

Football long ago instituted the play clock, why not a pitcher's clock. Why not limit the batters times they can leave the box. The game takes way too long in modern baseball. While I hate adding rules, if they are going to abuse the system through constant needless delays, then I say rules sometimes are sometimes necessary.

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alextheturkFeb. 25, 13 1:02 PM

I did like the rule. If it worked 1 out 500 times it was well worth it. I agree with everyone above that baseball needs to speed the amount of time the pitcher has to deliver a pitch and how many times a batter can step out of the box. What bugs me the most is battters stepping out of the box every pitch to retighten their batting gloves. This is where baseball needs to make its rule changes.

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