KBO Robot Referee (ABS), ‘World’s First Team Introduced’ Can’t Protest Decision Results… What If Machine Errors Happen

KBO, which is the first to introduce a “robot referee” in the first-tier professional baseball games around the world, has announced an overview of the operation and detailed enforcement regulations related to ABS (Automatic Ball-Strike System).라바카지노

The KBO (Presidential candidate Heo Gu-yeon) on Thursday distributed guidance materials on key regulations and changes to the rules for the 2024 season to the teams of 10 teams. The latest information includes key matters concerning the operation of ABS, expansion of base size, and restriction of defensive shift, which will take effect from the 2024 season. The team also introduced the Peach Clock Rules, which are scheduled to be introduced in the second half after a trial run in the first half of the year, and the mandatory three-base hitters for pitchers to be introduced in the Futures League.

Regarding ABS operation, the criteria for the top and bottom of the strike zone and the left and right sides were specified. It also described in detail how to determine when the system is defective. In addition, graphic data and actual KBO League pitching video data were attached to help visual understanding. In addition to the explanation on defensive shift restrictions, graphics were attached to describe applicable and non-applicable positions.

KBO has prepared the guide material as briefly as possible so that the team can intuitively understand the changes. In addition to the distribution of guide materials, we plan to visit each team’s players in the future and make efforts to establish the system smoothly through face-to-face briefing sessions.

[OSEN = Melbourne (Australia), Reporter Park Joon-hyung] Hanwha catcher Lee Jae-won is practicing his pitching with a virtual zone in mind to prepare for the strike zone of the robot referee 2024.02.03 / soul1014@osen.co.kr

Can’t protest ABS judgment result… In case of mechanical defect, ‘self-judgment of primary trial’

The ABS is also drawing the most attention. The ABS, which will be operated for all KBO League games starting from exhibition games on May 9, uses a tracking system to track pitch position values for all pitches and then determines strikes. Through this system, the team automatically transmits the decision result of the pitch to the umpire and informs the referee of the final decision.

A strike zone is judged as a strike only when the height criteria of the upper and lower parts of the home plate are met at two places: the middle side and the end side of the home plate. The upper part standard is 56.35 percent of the height of a batter, and the lower part is 27.64 percent of the height of a batter. Taking a 180cm batter as an example, the upper part is 101.43cm and the lower part is 49.75cm. The left-right standard is determined at the middle part of the home plate, and the total weight comes to 47.18cm as the home plate size (43.18cm) is extended by 2cm from the left-right side.

The result of the ABS decision is final and no objection or protest can be made. Both clubs and athletes must cooperate as much as possible so that ABS operation can proceed smoothly, and additional sanctions can be imposed if an act interferes with or interferes with the operation.

The most worrisome is the mechanical error. KBO will deploy ABS operation personnel to conduct preliminary system and equipment inspections every game. If smooth ABS operation is impossible due to defects in equipment or systems before or during the game, it will be replaced by a ball-strike decision by the referee.

If the referee determines that there is a problem with ABS operation, he/she will determine how to resume the game by judging the referee’s own judgment or whether ABS operation and recovery are possible after the game is suspended and notify both clubs.

The Major League, which introduced Peach Clock last year, saw its average time per game decrease by 24 minutes from 3 hours and 4 minutes a year earlier to 2 hours and 40 minutes a year earlier. The KBO League, which desperately needs to focus on speedup, also planned to introduce Peach Clock from the start of this season, but decided to test-run the league in the first half of this season after taking the input from the field. The system does not impose sanctions for violation but gives verbal warnings. The Futures League strictly applies the entire rules.

In the Major League, pitchers have to throw the ball within 15 seconds when there is no runner and within 20 seconds when there is a runner, but the KBO League has a little more leeway with 18 seconds and 23 seconds, respectively. Catchers should be in the top position until 9 seconds are marked, and batters must complete preparations for hitting at the bat by 8 seconds. If a pitcher fails to keep his or her promise, the ball will be declared, and if a batter violates, a strike will be given.

If a pitcher tries to check, pretends to throw a check ball, or takes his or her foot off the pitch board when a runner is present, the pitcher will be imposed with a “out of the pitch board.” The number of times a pitcher is allowed to leave the pitch board three times per at bat in order to prevent avoidance of the application of the pitch clock rule by pulling out his or her foot. If a pitcher leaves the pitch board more than four times in the same at-bat, a balk is declared, and if a runner is out or advanced due to the departure of the fourth pitch board, a balk is not imposed. A pitcher can have up to four check balls, but if he or she fails to catch a runner on the last attempt, he or she becomes a balk.

The pitch clock is also applied to batters. The number of times per at-bat is limited to one, and a strike is declared when a second time request is made and a player leaves the at-bat. A ball-strike may be imposed if the referee judges that a player, manager, or coach deliberately avoided or tried to evade the application of the pitch clock rule.

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