After a nearly yearlong battle with the Major League Baseball Playing Rules Committee, I was saddened to learn that the ‘Fake to 3rd / Throw to 1st’ pick-off move has left this earth and joined the fifteen inch pitcher’s mound and American League pitchers having to bat up in the baseball ether.
For you non-baseball folk, what Bobby Parnell does here is now illegal, and will be ruled a balk:
Many decried The Move as a waste of time that almost never worked. At least one left-handed pitcher complained that it provided an undue advantage to righties. I want you to digest that for a second: a dude who has any runner on first in his peripheral, if not direct, vision for the entirety of his delivery is worried that the rules thumb the scales in favor of people who don’t. I’m not even going to get into the fact that there really isn’t such a thing as a “right-handed specialist” (you could argue certain sidewinders, although, I’d counter to say those are just guys who couldn’t get enough outs without a gimmick), while damn near every team has a one-hitter-a-game lefty in the bullpen.
To be honest, I think that, had The Move never existed in the first place, its detractors are the kind of people who would’ve found something else to complain about. I liked The Move.