Yes. Its called a "Spitball". A spitball is when a pitcher either licks his fingers, spits on the ball, or uses any substance (i.e.: cooking oil, gel deoderant) that has a slickness to it. This causes the pitcher to give an extra break on a pitch. (i.e.: Instead of the normal 22 rotation spins on a curveball, ittl go 25-30 times for more of a break)AnswerRule 8.02 of The Official Rules of Baseball:
" The pitcher shall not --
(a) (1) Bring his pitching hand in contact with his mouth or lips while in the 18 foot circle surrounding the pitching rubber. EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire prior to the start of a game played in cold weather, may permit the pitcher to blow on his hand.
PENALTY: For violation of this part of this rule the umpires shall immediately call a ball. However, if the pitch is made and a batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a hit batsman or otherwise, and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to the violation. Repeated offenders shall be subject to a fine by the league president."
There is no reference to the umpire penalizing a pitcher for licking his fingers other than the umpire shall immediately call a ball. There is reference to repeat offenders being subject to a fine from the league president.
basicaly if ur going to lick ur fingers do it on in the dirt arount the rubber do it on the grass
Starting with the 2010 MLB season. MLB rules state that a pitcher my go to his mouth to lick his fingers on the mound as long as he is not on the rubber. The pitcher must whipe his hand againt the uniform before returning to the rubber. If this act is performed either on the rubber or he does not whipe his fingers this will be called a balk
the pitcher is allowed to lick his fingers only while off the entire pitching circle (all the dirt around the mound). if the pitcher is caught licking his fingers on the mound, it is considered a Balk and eith a ball is awarded to the batter (no men on base) or the runners on base are allowed to advance.AnswerRule 8.02 of The Official Rules of Baseball:" The pitcher shall not --(a) (1) Bring his pitching hand in contact with his mouth or lips while in the 18 foot circle surrounding the pitching rubber. EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire prior to the start of a game played in cold weather, may permit the pitcher to blow on his hand.PENALTY: For violation of this part of this rule the umpires shall immediately call a ball. However, if the pitch is made and a batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a hit batsman or otherwise, and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to the violation. Repeated offenders shall be subject to a fine by the league president. "The penalty for a pitcher licking his fingers on the mound is a ball. If the batter has 3 balls on him this would be considered the fourth ball and the batter would be credited with a base on balls. There is no penalty for a pitcher licking his fingers while not on the pitching mound as long as he wipes his fingers off prior to stepping onto the pitching mound.update:starting with the 2010 season, a pitcher can go to his mouth while on the mound as long as he is not on the rubber, and he makes an obvious motion of whiping his hand on pants before returning to the mound. This was changed in order to speed up the game
The MLB Rule says:6.02(a): The batter shall take his position in the batter's box promptly when it is his time at bat.6.02(c): If the batter refuses to take his position in the batter's box during his time at bat, the umpire shall order the pitcher to pitch, and shall call "Strike" on each such pitch.So there's no rule that says how long the batter has to step into the batter's box, only that he do it "promptly." But as an umpire, I can tell you the umpire will not put up with much messing around on the batter's part. If he tells the batter to step in, and he doesn't, the batter will get penalized.
Rule 3.05(c) states: If an improper substitution is made for the pitcher, the umpire shall direct the proper pitcher to return to the game until the provisions of this rule are fulfilled. If the improper pitcher is permitted to pitch, any play that results is legal. The improper pitcher becomes the proper pitcher as soon as he makes his first pitch to the batter, or as soon as any runner is put out. Rule 3.05(c) Comment states: If a manager attempts to remove a pitcher in violation of Rule 3.05 (c) the umpire shall notify the manager of the offending club that it cannot be done. If, by chance, the umpire-in-chief has, through oversight, announced the incoming improper pitcher, he should still correct the situation before the improper pitcher pitches. Once the improper pitcher delivers a pitch he becomes the proper pitcher.
No. Remember there are left handed pitchers and right handed pitchers. Almost every umpire will declare a right handed pitcher to have balked if his foot doesn't disengage from the rubber when he throws to first. A left handed pitcher simply steps and throws to first. His back foot usually never disengages from the rubber. To over simplify - a pitcher is called for a balk when the umpire judges the pitcher to have deceived the runner in some way. So, anytime a baulk is called, an umpire made a judgement call.
Anybody, even a manager, can REQUEST that time be called. However, it is entirely at the discretion of the umpire on whether play can, indeed, be suspended. For instance, if a batter steps out of the box and requests that "Time" be called, but the umpire thinks the batter is simply stalling, the umpire can refuse to call "Time" and instruct the pitcher to pitch. If the batter is out of the box, every pitch done by the pitcher is considered a strike.
This happened in the Caribbean baseball league a number of years ago. One of the managers took exception with a call that the home plate umpire made and refused to allow his pitcher to pitch the ball to the following batter. After waiting for a couple minutes, the umpire instructed the pitcher to pitch. The manager told the pitcher not to. the umpire then started calling balls. "Ball one.....ball two.....ball three....ball four, take your base. Next batter. Ball one...." Quickly the manager got off the field and allowed his pitcher to pitch.
According to the official MLB rules, section 8, an incoming pitcher is allowed 8 pitches while play is suspended, not to exceed one minute of time. If the pitcher is brought into the game in an emergency situation (i.e. injury or ejection), the umpire-in-chief may allow him as much warm-up as the umpire deems necessary.
According to MLB rules, that would depend on the situation. MLB Rule 5.09(f) states that the ball becomes dead and runners advance one base, or return to their bases, without liability to be put out when "A fair ball touches a runner or an umpire on fair territory before it touches an infielder including the pitcher, or touches an umpire before it has passed an infielder other than the pitcher. Rule 5.09(f) Comment: If a fair ball touches an umpire working in the infield after it has bounded past, or over, the pitcher, it is a dead ball. If a batted ball is deflected by a fielder in fair territory and hits a runner or an umpire while still in flight and then is caught by an infielder it shall not be a catch, but the ball shall remain in play." If the ball hits the umpire first, the ball is dead. If a defensive player touches the ball and then the ball hits the umpire, the ball is live.
I must say when I saw that statistic last night it was the first time I had heard of it. But the way I understand it, and umpire's ERA stands for the number of earned runs scored in a game while the umpire is behind home plate. A higher umpire ERA generally means that the umpire favors the hitter by having a smaller strike zone. A lower umpire ERA generally means the umpire favors the pitcher by having a larger strike zone.
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