Saturday, January 26, 2013
One of the dullest plays in all of baseball is when a pitcher fakes a pick off attempt at third base in order to try to actually pick off the runner at first. Whenever it happened in a Yankees game Michael Kay uttered "There's the Jeff Nelson play".
Kay has just lost part of his reportoire- Major League Baseball has declared the play a balk beginning in the coming season. The rule was approved in the recent owner's meeting.
My unscientific guess would be the play worked about 1% of the time. It was annoying 100% of the time.