The rules The change in pitching rule 10.2.1.2 for the 2020-2021 Rule Book (stride foot not being able to step back once it is initially set) has ramifications for rule 10.11 – Discontinuing a Pitch/Stepping off the Pitcher’s Plate. The wording in the current rules make it technically impossible to properly discontinue a pitch. (Note: all references in this article
Calling an illegal pitch is the responsibility of every umpire on the field. It requires a good knowledge of the rules governing this violation, using the correct mechanics, and administering the ruling which may involve explaining the options for the violation. The articles for correct mechanics and administering the rule can be found in the Mechanics and Game Management sections
Pitching Position As the pitcher steps onto the pitcher’s plate with the intent to throw the next pitch, she must have her hands apart with the ball in either her glove or her pitching hand. A minor addition to the legal pitching position in 2020 – the pitcher’s hips must be in line with 1b and 3b. The plate umpire
There are two articles in the Locker Room, both in this section (Rules Corner/Pitching), which deal with the subjects found in rule 10.13 – Substance on the Ball/Items on the Pitcher. You should also read Items on the Pitcher. During the game Applying substances directly to the game balls during the game is prohibited. Although a few rule books use
There are two articles in the Locker Room, both in this section (Rules Corner/Pitching), which deal with the subjects found in rule 10.13 – Substance on the Ball/Items on the Pitcher. You should also read Substances on the Ball. Substance on pitcher’s hands or items on body Substances Drying agents, such as rosin, may be used on the pitcher’s hand/fingers.
Can the pitcher stand on the pitcher’s plate longer than 10 seconds with her hands apart? Yes, and maybe up to 20 seconds! How, you ask, with the 10-10-5 rule (10.18)? The first 10 seconds of what we affectionately call the 10-10-5 rule applies to both the pitcher and batter. Once the PU determines this first 10-second count should start, the