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A balk is something that a pitcher does in baseball that is not allowed, or illegal. If a balk happens the umpire will point to the pitcher and yell "balk", and the runners on base get to move up one base. If there are no runners on base, a ball is issued to the batter.

Some ways a balk can happen include;

  • The pitcher faking a pitch
  • The pitcher throwing the ball to a base where there is no runner.
  • Pitching the ball before everyone is ready
  • The pitcher takes too long to pitch
  • If the pitcher drops the ball, even if he didn't mean too

There are other ways it can happen, but these are the main ones.