MLB Changes Trick Pickoff Move into Balk

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MLB Changes Trick Pickoff Move into Balk
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

One of the oldest trick plays in baseball is now a balk. Under a rule change imposed by Major League Baseball, pitchers will no longer be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first as a way to dupe a runner on first base into breaking for second. Next season, that move would be a balk. Pitchers can still step off the rubber and fake to third.

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