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When the 1st baseman is awaiting a pickoff throw from the pitcher, with a runner on 1st, is the 1st baseman permitted to set up with his feet or a foot over the foul line ?

by Michael
(Pittsburgh, PA.)

Pick-Off Attempt First Base

Pick-Off Attempt First Base

Pick-Off Attempt First Base Playing First Base An Additional Set Up Position Pick-Off Attempt

Michael asked: When the 1st baseman is set up for a pick-off throw from the pitcher, obviously with a runner on 1st, where are his feet or one foot permitted to legally be?


On the foul line, partly over the foul line, or completely inside the foul line ? I think both feet must be on or inside the foul line in fair territory.

Please enlighten​ me.


Rick answered: Michael, thank you for your question.

Rule 5.02 Fielding Positions

When the ball is put in play at the start of, or during a game, all fielders other than the catcher shall be on fair territory.

(c) Except the pitcher and the catcher, any fielder may station himself anywhere in fair territory.

On the foul line is considered fair territory, so one the line, or inside the line is good.


Yours in baseball,

Rick

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by: Michael

Thanks Rick, that was my thought, all players must be in fair territory prior to the pitch. Just wasn't 100 percent on foot position. I've been an umpire for a long time and was asked this question recently. Thanks so much.

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