KBO positively reviews inclusion of ‘base running interference’ in video review target

Referees reviewing video

The KBO secretariat decided to positively consider including base-running interference at each base as a video review target to protect players and end various controversies.

The KBO secretariat and the general managers of 10 professional baseball teams held an executive committee meeting at the Dogok-dong Baseball Hall in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 11th to discuss pending issues.

The executive committee shared the risk of base-running interference, which blocks the base and blocks the runner’s path, and proposed that base-running interference be subject to video review to prevent player injuries.

Plays subject to video review are one of the league regulations, not rules, and can be decided by the KBO Secretariat ex officio.

There are 14 video review targets this year, including home runs, fairs and fouls, outs or safes in force and tag plays, balls hit by the body, collisions at home plate, and defensive interference 3 feet from first base.

Among these, collisions at home plate are subject to video review, but there is nothing clearly stated in the KBO baseball rules, nor is there anything clearly stated in the rules about baserunning interference at second and third base.

Whether or not a runner is secured is solely determined by the second or third base umpire.

Baseball rules explain that, in order to prevent ‘collision at home plate,’ ‘the catcher cannot block the path of a runner attempting to score unless he is in possession of the ball.’

In response to the executive committee’s proposal to check whether the defender blocked the runner’s path from second and third base through video review, the KBO secretariat plans to confirm the timing of including video review after examining the relevant regulations.

The executive committee also exchanged opinions on the overall operation of the foreign player system, including the Asian quota.

The Asia Quota is a system that recruits players from the Asian continent such as Japan, Taiwan, and Australia, separate from the existing foreign player employment system of three players.

A member of the executive committee reported that various opinions were exchanged regarding the countries to be selected for the Asian quota, the number of people selected, and hiring costs.

In addition, it is said that there was also a plan to operate a nurturing foreign player system that is not effective, and a view to increase the total contract amount of three foreign players, which is limited to a maximum of $4 million.

The KBO secretariat and the general managers of the 10 clubs are planning to meet again at the next executive committee meeting to decide whether to submit the agenda to the board of directors regarding the introduction of the Asian quota system. 섯다

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