The problem is that Mark Buehrle doesn’t know what to do.
In one sense, he feels that his highly deceptive pickoff move to first base is only an issue with umpire Joe West and his crew, so he will continue to use it, even though West’s crew called four of his five balks on him last year. West called two in one game and Angel Hernandez called two in another.
On the other hand, Buehrle is worried that umpires have been told this offseason that West’s interpretation of the balk rule is one that will become standard around the league. …
March 9, 2011
Mark Buehrle worried his pickup move will be called a balk this season