FED Illegal Hybrid Pitching Position

OK. I think I have solidified a small but important point in my brain. Here’s the legal set up for the set position:

For the set position, the pitcher shall have the ball in either his gloved hand or his pitching hand. His pitching hand shall be down at his side or behind his back. Before starting his delivery, he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitcher’s plate and with his entire pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel the pitcher’s plate

So now I think I have locked in that the PIVOT foot has to be in contact with or directly in front of AND parallel the rubber, while the front foot just has to be in front of the rubber and CAN be open to 1st.

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3 responses

  1. A question that I have not been able to get an answer on is should we be vigilant and enforce this as soon as we see it or do we let it go until someone makes it an issue? It is a rule and should be enforced, but is it really worth the trouble? I’m not sure I know the answer to that yet. Your thoughts?

    1. I intend to enforce it early. However: an illegal pitching stance is NEVER a balk. F1 must DO something from that stance — pitch, throw to a base — in order to commit an infraction (illegal pitch or balk). If he legally disengages from his illegal stance, there is no penalty. (this is the general consensus over at umpire-empire.com).

      I think it should be pointed out if you see it in warmups. But whats the harm in calling it right away (hopefully, there’s no runner on 3rd, but, c’est la vie)? It seems like, at least here in north Jersey, they are making enough of an emphasis that we should be enforcing (/teaching).

      Thanks, as always, for reading!

  2. First, it is NOT natural to throw when your foot is pointing at 3rd base. Do any other players throw like that? NO, because it is stupid. Pitchers (even old rec pitchers like me) throw hybrid from the stretch because it is a more natural throwing motion. This is a mugged up rule — now just wait until you see how many walks are thrown and how many batters get hit because of this very stupid rule. And older pitchers will destroy their hips if it is applied to senior leagues.

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