Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pickoff Move May Be Banned Briefs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pickoff Move May Be Banned Briefs

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NEW YORK -- A pickoff move that's been part of baseball strategy for years might get picked off next season.

Major League Baseball is poised to eliminate the fake-to-third, throw-to-first trick that teams routinely use.

The Playing Rules Committee has approved a proposal to make the move a balk, and MLB executives and umpires are in agreement. The players' union vetoed the plan for this season to discuss it further.

MLB is allowed to implement the change after a one-year wait. There's no telling yet whether that would happen if players strongly object.

Under the new wording, a pitcher could not fake to third unless he first stepped off the rubber. If he stayed on the rubber, as most pitchers do now, it would be a balk.

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Mo Williams had 20 points for the Clippers while Chris Paul scored 19 and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Paul and Griffin both missed time in the fourth quarter with injuries. …

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