The robot referee takes away the referee’s bowl? → Rather, the referee said, “I really hope it goes well.”

The KBO season has come to an end, but there’s one group of people who can’t rest easy. They are the umpires of the KBO League.

The KBO umpires are currently in winter training at Bears Park in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, from February 4 to 8. This is to get used to the pitch clock and ABS (Automatic Ball-Strike System), which will be introduced next season.토토사이트

After visiting the training site on the 6th, he said, “The role of the umpires is very important for the stable operation of the ABS and pitch clock to be introduced in the 2024 season.” He also asked the ABS operation engineers to check the judgment system and make thorough preparations.

In the somewhat chilly weather on the 7th, the KBO umpires shouted out “strike” calls and encouraged each other by clapping. With a megaphone in hand, umpire chairman Heo Woon led the training, assigning tasks according to the situation.

First, the pitch clock was practiced by setting up various situations virtually. The KBO is planning to introduce the pitch clock system from the 2024 season to provide fans with faster and more exciting games.

Major League Baseball has already been using a pitch clock since the 2023 season. Pitchers have 15 seconds to throw a ball with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners in scoring position. Hitters will also have to step up to the plate no earlier than eight seconds later. The effect is clear. The average nine-inning game in the major leagues has been reduced by more than 20 minutes, from 3 hours and 4 minutes to 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Heo Woon, chairman of the KBO’s umpire committee, told reporters on the field, “The pitch clock system will significantly reduce game time. This is better for the players than anything else. Even if it’s just 20 minutes per game, it will be a big help in terms of physical fitness over 144 games. The players’ concentration will also be higher,” he said.

No longer will we see batters and umpires blushing over ball-and-strike calls. That’s because robot umpires will finally be introduced next season. Robotic umpires have already been used in the Futures League. In this winter training, the umpires, mostly from the first team, are focusing more on adaptation.

Some have said that the introduction of robotic referees is a threat to human referees. However, umpires on the field have welcomed the introduction of robotic umpires. They’ve had more conflicts and stress over strike calls than anyone else.

“Even if ABS is introduced, referees need to be alert,” said Heo. ABS is not everything. It’s just an important part of the game, but there are other things that are more important. But it will take some of the stress out of the situation. If this ABS is well established, it will be a big help. The referees really want it to work,” he said.

“Even now, there are referees who are trying to quit because they say they are under pressure to the point of death. But they’re trying to live, and that shouldn’t be the case. I hope ABS will be well established and relieve them of this stress, because there are many other things they have to do. Of course, there is also the worry of ‘will this work? I hope it’s really successful,” he said, expressing optimism about the new system.

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