Judging the Royals

Lee Judge breaks down the Royals, game by game.

If Franklin Morales balked, why didn’t the first base umpire call it?

about 17 hours ago

If a left-handed pitcher’s front leg goes back and breaks the invisible plane between the pitching rubber and first base, he has to deliver the ball to home plate; otherwise it’s a balk. The first base umpire has the best view of this and normally makes the call, but Scott Barry did not think Franklin Morales balked because he didn’t call it; the home plate Angel Hernandez did. And if you’re wondering how the umpire at home plate can see if a pitcher’s front leg goes slightly behind the rubber, join the club.

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