As most know by now, the fake-to-third-throw-to-first pickoff move is now against the rules. Fans, including on this site, routinely complained about the move with the usual refrain of "it never works". Yes, old people, those whiny kids are too young to remember Jack McDowell. And as is often the case with fans, they don't really know what they're talking about. While it was certainly nice that McDowell - and his able assistant at third base, Robin Ventura - actually made the move work, the point for the vast majority of pitchers was not for it to work. It was to keep runners at first base honest. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is already alternately licking his chops at the possibilities this opens up on the basepaths for his offense while rueing the opportunities it simultaneously gives opposing offenses.
New pickoff rule changes first-and-third dynamic
South Side Sox | Feb 18