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Shouldn't this be an illegal pitch?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TyWebb, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    It looks weird ... but when you define a pitch as being thrown while the pitcher's foot is still on the rubber, that's a whole can of worms too. Nobody is actually still in contact with the rubber when they throw the ball.
  3. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Did not think about that. Good point.
  4. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Jordan Walden used to have a little hop in his approach. Maybe he still does, but I haven't seen him pitch in a while.
  5. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Walden is pitching for St. Louis this year, and he still has the hop.
  6. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Really? I haven't seen film slowed down to know for sure one way or the other, but I would have thought most pitchers are still in contact.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    My initial thought was just off memory, but I called up a slo-mo Kershaw video to confirm.

  8. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Hmm...still not sure. I'd like to see the third base or overhead camera view. To me, it looks like his toe/instep might still be on the rubber.
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Here's one of Lincecum then.

  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Kershaw's foot drags behind him, off the rubber. It isn't much, but there seems to be space between his toes and the mound.
  11. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    They absolutely should be required to be in contact with the rubber. Otherwise, they are not pitching from the proper distance. Hell, they even make college softball pitchers adhere to that.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    They can't even get the strike zone correct, and they're going to enforce the contact on the rubber rule?
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