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Rule 6.02(a ) Comment (Rule 8.05 Comment ): Umpires shouldbear in mind that the purpose of the balk rule is to prevent thepitcher from deliberately deceiving the base runner. If there is2016 Official Baseball Rules (PDF)_2016 Official Baseball Rules 3/15/16 2:38 PM Page 73BALK Rule 6.02(a) to 6.02(c)74 If there is doubt in the umpire’s mind, the “intent” of the pitcher shouldgovern. However, certain specifics should be borne in mind:Straddling the pitcher’s rubber without the ball is to be interpreted as intent to deceive and ruled a balk. SO WHAT IF THE PITCHER DOES HAVE THE BALL? IS HE ALLOWED TAKE SIGNALS WHILE STRADDLING THE RUBBER?