It's rarely attempted for several reasons, most of which are fairly obvious. For starters, it's simply not a natural movement for pitchers as they rarely, if ever, practice making pickoff throws to third base. The throw, in and of itself, is unnatural and awkward, because they're forced to hit a moving target at the bag. For the third baseman, it's not a comfortable play either. They have enough to process with a runner at third just in terms of relaying signals and looking for a potential bunt. Now, they also have to think about covering the bag and being in position to receive the throw.
Honestly, it felt like a disaster waiting to happen when Ausmus introduced the drill, and on Friday night a perfect example of just how disastrous it can be played out when a little bit of miscommunication led to a game-ending balk in Detroit's 3-2 lossRead More »from Walk-off balk! Tigers manager Brad Ausmus takes blame for unusual game-ending play