No More Fake to Third Throw to First
The infamous “fake to third, throw to first” pickoff move is no more. MLB has officially ruled it will now be a balk staring this year. The Yahoo! Sports article mentions how it “killed the flow of the game” but I don’t think it does that anymore than when a pitcher throws over to first four or five times in a row. I do recall this working on Phillies baserunners in the past. I really don’t care either way if it is a balk or not; it’s really not used that often.