Baseball Field at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, the U.S., where the LG Twins are participating in their spring camp. A large stopwatch is installed in the bullpen on one side of the ground.
An LG official said, “We brought three stopwatches for pitch clock from Seoul,” adding, “This is to prepare for pitch clock from the time pitchers pitch in the bullpen.”헤라카지노
Since the Major League introduced Peach Clock last year, it has significantly reduced game time. KBO plans to test-run Peach Clock in the KBO League in the first half of this season, and officially implement it in the Futures League.
On the day, Son was the first LG player to throw a bullpen session. He threw a bullpen session by himself. When Son prepared to throw a bullpen session, the LG management team installed a stopwatch next to the catcher.
An employee held a remote control and pressed the reset button to set 18 seconds when Son received the ball from the catcher. “Someone has to press the remote control to reset it one by one,” an LG official said. “If pitch clock is introduced, KBO will have separate monitoring sources for each stadium.”
Kim Kyung-tae, the pitching coach, watched Son Son Son-young’s pitching from the side, and made the catcher sign and throw once. Coach Kim said, “I threw it right after seeing the sign number 1 and there are four seconds left,” and worried, “If I change the sign two to three times, 18 seconds will pass quickly.”
A staff member of the management team said, “Time passes even though the pitcher touches Rosin. I think it would be better to touch Rosin in the back pocket than to pick him up on the mound.”
The most worrisome is that pitchers and catchers are exchanging signatures. “Bulpen pitchers tend to throw two to three pitches, but starting pitchers throw up to four to five pitches. It may take longer for starters to exchange signatures,” coach Kim said.
When asked about the Peach Clock preparation, Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I thought it would be too much time if I changed my signature two or three times.” Big tasks have been added to each team’s pitchers who are preparing for the season.
Some said, “A pitcher with a younger year tends to throw according to the catcher’s signature lead, but a player whose pitcher takes the initiative in determining a signature can be more affected by pitch clock.” They talked about countermeasures such as “If we can’t decide on a signature with one or two seconds left, shouldn’t we decide on a prior promise to throw a ‘fastball’ in an emergency situation?” In order for pitchers to prepare in advance from camp, various situations should be considered in the pitcher and catcher parts.
KBO confirmed the KBO pitch clock rule last year by analyzing detailed indicators such as the average pitching interval survey of KBO league pitchers and announced detailed enforcement rules following the introduction of pitch clock.
The time limit between pitches is applied to 18 seconds when the runner is not on the base and 23 seconds when there is (MLB 15 seconds, 20 seconds). Between the batter and the batter (between at-bats), a pitch must be made within 30 seconds. The catcher should be positioned in the forward position until there are 9 seconds left in the pitch clock, and the batter should be ready for batting by 8 seconds left. If this is violated, a ball is declared on the defense side and a strike is declared on the offensive side.
In order to prevent the team from trying to avoid the pitch clock rule, the number of times a batter’s time is limited to one per at-bat, and the “restriction on the departure of the pitch board” applies to the defense team. Leaving the pitch board includes attempting to check, pretending to throw a check ball, and removing a foot from the pitch board when a runner is present. In addition, requests for time from the defense team, the catcher’s departure from the lead outside the permitted time, and the pitcher’s request for a replacement of the ball are also considered as departure from the pitch board.
Up to three times per at-bat are allowed to leave the pitch, and a balk is declared in the fourth break. If a runner records an out or advances to the fourth pitch, a balk is not declared. The accumulated number of pitch board departures is initialized when one runner advances to the other base.
For now, the KBO League does not impose sanctions on balls and strikes due to pitch clock violations according to its pilot operation in the first half of the year. In addition, restrictions on departure from the pitch board, such as restriction on checks, do not apply. In the Futures League, the entire rule applies.