Anything for an edge…
May 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Athletes in the baseball world are known to do aynthing to gain the edge against their foes.
Nothing has changed in the latest occurence reported by the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Casey Blake accused the Chicago Cubs’ Ted Lilly of cheating on the mound.
Blake says that Lilly pitching from in front of the pitching rubber was working in his favor.
“Sometimes a batter will get in the box and he’ll step out, and behind the box, and on the lines,” Lilly said in an interview with the Times. “I don’t think he’s trying to cheat. It might not be intentional.”
The common belief would be that Lilly was creeping closer to home plate in order to be that much closer creating less reaction time for the hitters.
Avid Cubs fan Michael Wilbon said that Lilly pitching in front of the rubber is actually less effective because he wouldn’t be getting the same push but i beg to differ.
The fact of the matter is that pitchers, by rule, must be in a set position before being able to pitch.
The Major League Baseball Web site states the set position shall be indicated by the pitcher when he stands facing the batter with his pivot foot in contact with, and his other foot in front of, the pitcher’s plate, holding the ball in both hands in front of his body and coming to a complete stop.
The key terms are “IN CONTACT WITH”. This alone shows that any pitches by Lilly in front of the rubber should all be considered balks.
After Blake had pointed out the situation to the umpire, the umpire only said that he couldn’t see from where he was. Video of Lilly pitching in front of the rubber is on television but I still believe nothing will happen to regulate against this happenening again.