Balk of the Year

Hard to argue with one Mr. Aron Bender’s bestowing of the title “Balk of the Year” on this little gem:

That’s Mike Pelfrey pitching for the Mets in Saturday’s game against the Phillies, with Dom Brown batting. The balk moved runners to second and third, but luckily for Pelfrey, he got Brown to ground out to end the inning. If Brown singles in one or two runs there, I’m sure Pelfrey hears about it the next day from Mike Francesa. Instead, it’s just a harmless (albeit hilarious) balk.




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Stephen
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Stephen
5 years 1 month ago

Pretty good — I thought we had already seen the balk of the year with Verlander. Maybe this is the Year of the Balk.

SFSUGatorAlum
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SFSUGatorAlum
5 years 1 month ago

How is that a balk? Did he already set himself? I see no motion towards the plate.

If the ball falls out of your glove is it possible not to balk?

TheGrandslamwich
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TheGrandslamwich
5 years 1 month ago

A pitcher has to have the ball in his control when he is on the rubber.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu
5 years 1 month ago

Once he drops the ball, he has two options:

1.) Balk.
2.) Continue his motion towards the plate and throw a pitch. He’d need to be a wizard for this to work.

juan pierre's mustache
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juan pierre's mustache
5 years 1 month ago

verlander would have kicked it

SFSUGatorAlum
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SFSUGatorAlum
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the responses!

*insert more you know graphic*

Dayn Perry
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5 years 1 month ago

I can’t really see the look on his face when he drops the ball, but I love what I imagine it to be.

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My echo and bunnymen
5 years 1 month ago

He looks like he immediately accepts the screw-up and moves forward. I more want to know his thoughts while this happens.

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
5 years 1 month ago

I have been watching this on repeat for about four minutes. It never gets less funny. That shoulder shrug of resignation when he looks down and sees the ball is priceless.

Greg W
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Greg W
5 years 1 month ago

You should poll between this and Verlander, and anybody who knocks his own hat off during the delivery.

Navin Vaswani
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5 years 1 month ago

I wonder what Fred Wilpon said when this happened.

Enkidu
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Enkidu
5 years 1 month ago

I dunno, I like this one better personally

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14783309

Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years 1 month ago

That doesn’t tickle me as much, but it’s probably because It’s Personal. *sigh*

Bryan Grosnick
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Member
5 years 1 month ago

This is as Met as it gets: 80% disaster, 20% awesome.

Internet20
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Internet20
5 years 1 month ago

I love the way he tries to step off the rubber after he sees the ball on the ground. Cause, well, it couldn’t hurt, eh?

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