“Adaptation” is the topic of the 2024 professional baseball off-season training. Various efforts are being made to adapt to the newly changing regulations.꽁머니지급
Starting this season, the KBO League will introduce the Automatic Ball-Strike System (ABS), which is called the “robot referee.” Last month, the league distributed guidance materials on major regulations and changes to the rules.
The strike zone is measured at two locations: the middle and the end of the home plate. The upper-end standard is 56.35 percent of the batter’s height, and the lower-end standard is 27.64 percent of the batter’s height. The left-right standard is determined once in the middle of the home plate, and is extended by two centimeters from the home plate (43.18 centimeters), and a strike is made just by touching it.
ABS standards do not deviate from the broad framework of baseball rules. However, experts say that corners and low balls, which had not been declared strikes, are more likely to be declared strikes than before. Depending on the trajectory, a ball that used to be a ball may become a strike, or the opposite may be determined. Some predict that large curves will be effective.
Peach clock, which started to be used in the Major League last year, will also be introduced. The team has to pitch within 18 seconds when there is no runner, or within 23 seconds when there is one. However, the team will conduct a trial run in the first half of the year based on on on on-site responses that many changes at once could put pressure on the team. However, if there is no problem after the implementation of the second team, the team will apply it from the second half.
The base has become bigger. The base has been expanded from 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) by 18 inches (45.72 centimeters). The distance between the first and second bases and the second and third bases will be shortened by about 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters). More leeway has been made to utilize mobility for runners and checks have become more important for pitchers. Defensive shifts will also be restricted.
It is a very sensitive issue for pitchers. “Pitching is at a disadvantage. It will be difficult for pitchers as checks are also restricted,” said Kim Kwang-hyun of SSG Landers. “We need to adjust quickly.” Yang Hyeon-jong of the Kia Tigers said, “The strike zone will be smaller than before, and it will be difficult if we forcefully throw due to time.” On the other hand, batters are welcoming the strike zone consistently.
However, the rules have already been set and must be changed in order to survive. Ten teams are also making different efforts. Pitcher coaches have worked hard to reduce the interval between pitches since the closing training. Clubs that are leaving spring camps have prepared new standard bases.
Hanwha held a briefing session on new regulations attended by all the players at the training camp in Sydney, Australia on the 6th. Photo by Hanwha Eagles
SSG has equipped portable trackman equipment and a high-speed camera that can shoot 10,000 frames per second. This is to check release points, movement of the ball and speed of rotation immediately after pitching. Timers have been installed at bullpen pitching fields and stadiums.
The LG Twins prepared for changes by checking the tempo of pitchers’ pitches since last year. The Hanwha Eagles and the NC Dinos held briefing sessions to showcase examples of the Major League Baseball at the beginning of off-season training. “As the interval gets shorter, we need to pay attention to breathing on the mound as well,” said SSG head coach Song Soo-young.