Justin Verlander Balk

April 17, 2011 by staff 

Justin Verlander Balk, Tigers ace Justin Verlander Detroit made what can down in history as the craziest balk you’ve seen in a baseball game. On Saturday night against the Oakland Athletics’ Daric Barton had the first and David DeJesus at the plate with no outs in the fifth inning. I was in the game, but I was watching DeJesus when Verlander was throwing. Fortunately an enterprising person has posted video of the events, you can see after the jump.
As you can see in the video, Verlander seems to be preparing to make a quick turn and shoot for the first time in an attempt by the collector. However, your body does not rotate far enough and so suddenly that is the shot of a more or less right on deJesus in the batters box. DeJesus played as if it hit him and went to take his base. The confusion was everywhere as DeJesus went to the first; Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to discuss the play with umpires.

The referees met to talk about it, when Verlander seems to recognize clearly that he did something wrong. DeJesus referees finally sent back to the plate and Barton to second base. The scorer at the stadium ruling is a wild pitch, but correctly changed it to a balk later in the game.

After the game, Verlander recognized what seems obvious in the video:

Verlander said he was trying to make a throw to first base collector, but his body was caught out of position, so I thought that if he just threw home, could prevent a balk.

“I saw the video of her and I could not stop laughing at myself,” said Verlander. “It could be the first time it happened in general. I thought nothing could happen at the plate. It was fun talking to the referees. They gave me a hard time about it, too.”

On the one hand, given how right-handed pitchers trying to make quick turnaround and throw to first that I am a little surprised, as this has not happened before. On the other hand, it is safe to say that we will not see something like that again for a long time, if ever.

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