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Old 10-25-2020, 09:28 PM
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Default Baseball question - Steal of home

I am watching the World Series tonight and saw the attempt to steal home. The announcers made a point that the pitcher must step off the rubber to throw home. My question is , what happens if the pitcher does not step off the rubber and throws home. Joe Buck indicated this was a balk. Why ?

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Old 10-25-2020, 09:37 PM
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To go home while still on the rubber he has to come to a complete stop before delivering home. If he throws home without that stop, it would be a balk.

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Old 10-29-2020, 02:48 PM
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Exactly correct, Morris. During the broadcast they kept implying Kershaw had to step off the rubber and, as you stated, that is not true.
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Old 10-31-2020, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by morris_14226 View Post
To go home while still on the rubber he has to come to a complete stop before delivering home. If he throws home without that stop, it would be a balk.

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During a steal of home, sometimes the LH pitcher sees the steal of home out of his peripheral view. This creates anxiety and they may not follow delivery protocol as was pointed out.

Personally I thought the batter jumped out of the batters box too soon and gave away the attempted steal.
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So, was Robinson out like Yogi Berra stated he was, even years after? I'd say Yogi was right.
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Old 11-04-2020, 11:24 AM
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I think Yogi was right. Even as late as 2008 when I saw him at the HOF he was saying he was out...not, I thought he was out, but HE WAS OUT!!! LOL
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