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Can a catcher pretend to lose the ball in order to get a runner on third to attempt a steal?

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10/06/2007

Yes. There is nothing in the MLB rulebook that states a catcher cannot 'fake' an action in order to lure a baserunner off the base. The pitcher, however, cannot do this. Any false action from a pitcher would be considered a balk.