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I took this picture of the actual “Rule 21″ posting while visiting the clubhouse at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds’ AAA affiliate).
KEEP YOUR HEAD...
This is Professional Baseball Rule 21, Regarding Gambling, etc.
Bright House Field, Spring Training home of the Philadelphia Phillies
The balk is one of the strangest entities in baseball. The ruling was put in place in 1898 as a way to establish rules that pitchers must follow in order to deliver a legal pitch, or pickoff throw. Balk rules are mostly there to protect baserunners from certain types of deceptions from the pitcher. There are over a dozen ways in which a player can balk.
If there is a runner, or runners, it is a balk when —
(a) The pitcher, while touching his plate, makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch and fails to make such delivery;
(b) The pitcher, while touching his plate, feints a throw to first base and fails to complete the throw;
(c) The pitcher, while touching his plate, fails to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base;
This rule covers all of the guidelines governing the layout, dimensions and construction of a baseball field. The rules request that the field is laid out in a certain direction, “It is desirable that the line from home base through the pitchers plate to second base shall run East-Northeast.”...
“Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires.”...
“The infield fly rule applies only when there are fewer than two outs, and there is a force play at third. In these situations, if a fair fly ball is a hit that, in the umpire’s judgment, is catchable by an infielder with ordinary effort, the batter is out regardless of whether the ball is actually caught in flight. The rule states that the umpire is supposed to announce, “Infield fly, if fair.” If the ball will almost certainly be fair, the umpire will likely yell, “Infield fly, batter’s out!” or just “Batter’s out!” Umpires also typically raise one arm straight up to signal to everyone that the rule is in effect.
Any fair fly ball that could have been caught by an infielder with ordinary effort is covered by the rule regardless of where the ball is ...