MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OFFICIAL RULES 2.00:
A BALK is an illegal act by the pitcher with a runner or runners on base, entitling all runners to advance one base.
The actual rule (8.00) makes reading law look like flipping through a book of Marmaduke cartoons!
There are funny articles, serious articles, books and even videos about the balk!
This makes the infield fly rule look like a snap!
I loves me the balk rule. So subtle, so arcane, so fun to wave around. What ump doesn't feel smug calling a balk, what pitcher confused? I bet you piss off an ump one time too many...ooooh, BALK
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