In baseball, a balk is an illegal motion by the pitcher. This motion can be used to deceive the batter, or it can be used to hold runners on base. There are many different types of balks, and they are all governed by specific rules. In this blog post, we will discuss what a balk is in baseball, and explain some of the most common types of balks. We will also provide examples of each type of balk. So what exactly is a balk in baseball? Keep reading to find out!
Types of Balks
There are many different types of balks, and they are all governed by specific rules. We’ll talk about three common balks in baseball.
1- You can’t start your pitching motion and stop, or have extra body movement
The first type of balk is when the pitcher starts his pitching motion and then stops. This is also called a “false start.” This type of balk can be called if the pitcher moves his body in a way that makes it appear as though he is starting his pitching motion, but then he pauses or stops. For example, if the pitcher lifts his leg and then stops, or if he brings his arm back but doesn’t release the ball, he will be called for a balk.
2- You can’t fake a throw to first base
The second type of balk is when the pitcher fakes a throw to first base. This type of balk can be called if the pitcher makes any motion that appears as though he is going to throw to first base, but then he stops or changes his mind.
3- You can’t pick off a runner and then throw to another base
The third type of balk is when the pitcher picks off a runner at first base and then tries to throw to another base. This type of balk can be called if the pitcher throws to another base after he has already picked off a runner.