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No. Remember there are left handed pitchers and right handed pitchers.

Almost every umpire will declare a right handed pitcher to have balked if his foot doesn't disengage from the rubber when he throws to first.

A left handed pitcher simply steps and throws to first. His back foot usually never disengages from the rubber.

To over simplify - a pitcher is called for a balk when the umpire judges the pitcher to have deceived the runner in some way. So, anytime a baulk is called, an umpire made a judgement call.

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The pitchers foot must stay on the rubber until either, they legally step-off the mound, attempt a pickoff, or release the ball when pitching.

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