“Can you imagine a rule in football that a ball carrier has to come to a set position after accepting the football so that he doesn’t deceive the defense? But that is exactly what this rule is. It is requiring the man with the ball to stop so that he doesn’t illegally deceive the other team. It’s just asinine.”
Independence Day (from balks)
Joe Posnanski

Damn, that is a wrong analogy. The football equivalent is the snap, not a catch.

Baseball doesn’t have whistles, so the ball is in play after the pitcher is set. That’s the way with football, in that you’re limited in your movement during the snap.

Trying to remove the “set pitcher” aspect kills the analogy whole, since baseball would become rugby with its non-stop action.

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