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 Post subject: MLB Balks?
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:15 pm 

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I know this isn't the correct place to post this, but I wasn't sure where to put it. Is it just me or are umps calling more and more balks. Every year the number called seems to go up, and the worst part is if you ask most fans what a balk is they can't give you a definitive answer. Most umps seem to have different meanings as well. I'm sick and tired of this, it slows the game down and changes outcomes. I would be interested to see the number of balks called each year and see if it is actually increasing or if that is just my perception.


C: A. J. Pierzynski
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Adrian Beltre
SS: Jose Reyes
2B/SS: DJ LeMahieu
1B/3B: Josh Donaldson
OF: Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez
Util: Prince Fielder
DL: Jonathan Lucroy
Bench: Matt Holliday, Gregory Polanco, Chris Davis, Jay Bruce, Adeiny Hechavarria
P: Mark Melancon, Fernando Rodney, Francisco Rodriguez, Neftali Feliz, Jeurys Familia, Jason Grilli
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 Post subject: Re: MLB Balks?
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:48 pm 
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Balks are stupid... I got ejected for "arguing" a balk in high school, which consisted of me simply asking the umpire to tell me what I did wrong so that I'd know for the future, so I know how Beurhle feels :/

Umps need to calm down when players get agitated with their calls, though, seriously. Buerhle didn't do anything that seemed out of line. but he got ejected anyway. As far as I'm concerned players should be able to make whatever faces or actions they want as long as they don't say anything to the umpire or make an obscene gesture. The whole "Oh, he's showing the ump up" argument has always struck me as pretty stupid; a player isn't allowed to show any reaction at all when they're upset with a call? That isn't a reasonable requirement considering the emotion involved in baseball.


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1B - Eric Hosmer
2B - Jedd Gyorko
3B - Todd Frazier
SS - Jhonny Peralta
OF - Ryan Braun
OF - Mike Trout
OF - Shin-Soo Choo
UTL - Brett Lawrie
UTL - Adam LaRoche
Bench - Austin Jackson
DL - Aaron Hill Hanley Ramirez

SP - Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin, Ervin Santana
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2B - Jose Altuve
3B - Jedd Gyorko
SS - Jimmy Rollins
MI - Everth Cabrera
CI - Justin Morneau
OF - Jason Heyward, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Morse, Nick Swisher, Ben Revere
UTL - Kendrys Morales
Bench - Garrett Jones, David Freese

SP - Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, Ryan Dempster, Ubaldo Jimenez
RP - Jonathan Papelbon, John Axford, Glen Perkins, Ryan Cook, David Robertson

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