Nope, a quick pitch has nothing to do with the pitcher's timing. It has only to do with the batter being in the box, ready and aware. The batter does not 'come set' I don't know where you get that, most guys are always moving in the box. But awareness or readiness is a judgement call to be sure.kenchau wrote: ↑May 19th, 2017 10:15 amIt's not just having two feet in the box. The hitter doesn't even get to leave the box after every pitch - only under certain circumstances. Once they are deemed in the ready position, which is a judgement based on them being in their stance with arms up and bat ready to go, and looking up at the pitcher and not moving - they are ready.
Also, it's not like the pitcher can just quickly toss the ball across the plate. They still have to go through the motions with a set position pause, before they wind up and throw and they can only start all the motions after the hitter has been set. The only difference between a quick pitch and a normal one, is the wind up is less exaggerated and leg kick is near non-existent, and the pause is not as long.
Finally, the pitcher can't even start those motions until the batter is set. It's not like the pitcher is winding up before the batter is set, and by the time they finish, the ball leaves their hands just after the batter is set. That's not what's happening. Whether they wait 1 second versus 5 seconds after the batter is ready, is a moot point - both are legal.
It's like driving and Stop signs. Some people seem to think there is a 3 second rule, but there isn't. The vehicle just has to be completely stopped for an instance. You can choose to wait for three seconds, but it doesn't mean the person stopping for 1 second is breaking the rule. So if you think of a quick pitch as the 1 second stop versus conventional pitch, which is the 3 second stop, that's the difference.
Stroman does a thing where he pauses in mid-delivery on one leg for the sole purpose of messing up a batters timing, Johnny Cueto does something similar. What Motte did was the same in that he altered his normal delivery to bring the pitch to the plate more quickly, this is not a quick pitch as defined however which is why Pillar quickly changed his tune after the game (unless you happen to be sceptical of his apology and believe he did it solely to mitigate the suspension he had coming).