KBO Commissioner has made a “groundbreaking” decision ahead of his reappointment
KBO Commissioner Heo Koo-yeon has made a “groundbreaking” decision ahead of his reappointment. Starting in the 2024 season, the KBO will introduce an automated ball judgment system (ABS), aka robot umpires, and pitch clocks.
First, there will be a much greater focus on robotic umpiring. One can’t help but wonder how the strike and ball fairness controversy will be resolved.
It”s the first time in professional baseball that this will be done, so the entire baseball world will be watching to see how fair it will be. There is likely to be some confusion. At the recent KBO umpire winter training, curveballs that hit the ground kept getting called strikes. The robot judged that it had left the zone and hit the ground.
However, a change that has the potential to be a bigger variable than robot umpires is pitch clocks. Major League Baseball introduced it first. It was introduced to shorten the game time. In a nutshell, it’s a rule that requires pitchers to throw the ball in a limited amount of time.
More specifically, pitchers have 15 seconds to pitch with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners in scoring position. The batter must also step up to the plate within 30 seconds after the previous batter has finished batting. After the pitch clock starts, they must be ready to bat within 7 seconds if there are no runners on base and 12 seconds if there are runners on base, giving the pitcher at least 8 seconds.
At first glance, it doesn’t seem that complicated.
But the reality is different. If you look at the umpires’ training, they spend a lot more time practicing adapting to the pitch clock. This is because there are so many factors that need to be timed in different situations. One umpire said, “It’s going to be a lot of work,” explaining that umpires are still getting used to it.
For example, it’s not just pitchers and batters.
The catcher also has to be in his seat until eight seconds remain. Otherwise, a ball is called.
With the pitch clock, a pitcher can only throw two strikes per batter. A third pitch is a walk. But what happens if there is a rundown on the third pitch? The play continues. If the runner is out, he’s out. If you live on any base, the balk is recognized and you advance one base.
It’s hard to explain all the details. One thing is for sure, all the players on the field will be very busy. The bench will no longer have time to sign autographs and the players will no longer have time to answer questions. I’ll have to prepare a game plan in advance, and during the game, I’ll only be able to sign autographs that are very simple and quick to get to the players. You’re not going to see a catcher standing up on defense and doing a full-body, full-field sign against a fielder. Gone too will be the sight of a batter staring blankly at the third base coach from outside the batter’s box. A KBO official said, “Signing even when there are no bases loaded is the reality of Korean baseball. This is the reason why we introduced the pitch clock system.”
The two managers are a mixed bag.
Kim Tae-hyung is starting a new life as the manager of the Lotte Giants. He doesn’t usually do a lot of strategizing. Kim trusts his players. He always emphasizes that baseball is about hitting when the ball comes and running when it goes. This is a style that will not be shaken by the introduction of pitch clocks.
On the other hand, Yeom Kyung-yup, who led LG to its first championship in 29 years. He is a master of tactical baseball. He intervenes a lot during games. In fact, many teams have fallen victim to his brilliant tactics. However, 온라인카지노 in the pitch-clock system, this tactical baseball may not run smoothly. It’s important to have a plan in place early on.