The detailed regulations for the automatic ball judging system (ABS) and pitch clock that will be introduced in the KBO League starting from the 2024 season have been confirmed. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) held its first executive committee meeting on the 25th and made the final decision on ABS’ strike zone standards and pitch clock enforcement regulations .First, it was decided to expand the left and right standards of the strike zone by 2 cm on both sides of the home plate. KBO said, “This is to minimize on-site trial and error due to rapid changes in the strike zone,” and “We referenced the case of the MLB office expanding both sides by 2.5 cm when operating ABS in the minor league.” “He explained. The upper limit of the strike zone is set at 56.35% of the batter’s height, and the lower limit is set at 27.64%.It was decided based on the average strike zone of existing referees.

Previously, the upper limit was the horizontal line between the top of the uniform’s shoulders and the top of the pants, and the lower limit was below the knees. A ball thrown by a pitcher must meet the upper and lower standards when passing the middle and end surfaces of home plate .It has nothing to do with where or how the catcher catches the ball. ABS refers to a system in which a machine called a ‘robot referee’ judges strikes and balls. The pitch clock was set at 18 seconds if there was no runner on the ground, and 23 seconds if there was a runner on the ground .Each is 3 seconds longer than MLB .The ball must be thrown within 30 seconds between batters. The catcher must be in the catcher’s box by 9 seconds remaining on the pitch clock, and the batter must be ready to hit by 8 seconds remaining. However, since the pitch clock is being piloted in the first half of this season, there will be no ball or strike sanctions even if it is violated. Only a warning is given .A device was also created to prevent pitch clock evasion.

The number of times an attacking batter is limited to once per at-bat. The defense team is subject to the ‘pitch board departure restriction rule’, which allows up to three attempts per at-bat, and a balk is declared on the fourth departure. This includes not only attempting a check and pretending to throw a check, but also removing one’s foot from the pitching board when there is a runner on base .The defensive team’s request for time, the catcher’s departure from the catcher’s box outside of the allowed time, and the pitcher’s request to replace the ball are all considered departures from the pitching board .The pitch plate departure restriction rule does not apply during the pitch clock trial period .KBO said, “We will stabilize the system so that the new system can be stably established,” and “We plan to distribute guidance materials and hold briefing sessions to help 카지노사이트킹 players quickly adapt.”

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