Putting mud on a baseball… National team mound, adapting to the WBC official ball is ‘key’
In the major leagues, mud is applied to the official ball used in the game before an official game is held. The Major League ball produced by Rawlings has a slippery surface, so the ball often falls out of the hand when the pitcher throws it. 온라인바카라So, in the major leagues, it is common to apply mud to an official ball before a game to increase the friction of the ball. The Secretariat also acknowledges. However, applying foreign substances other than mud is against the rules.
Joe Ryan (Minnesota), who wore the U.S. national team uniform at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, praised the major league and other Olympic official balls as “the best ball in the world.” It is made of a similar material to the balls used in the KBO League and Nippon Professional Baseball, and is less slippery than the major league official ball. So it was easy to throw the ball.
In the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which opens in March, the official major league ball is used.
On the 17th (Korean time), the baseball team players threw the WBC official ball in practice for the first time after the convocation through the first evaluation match against the NC Dinos held in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG), Ko Young-pyo (kt), Jeong Cheol-won (Doosan), Won Tae-in (Samsung), Jung Woo-young (LG), Lee Eui-ri (KIA), and Ko Woo-seok (LG) pitched one after another to adjust their senses for the actual game.
Among the pitchers of the national team, Jung Woo-young was the only one to record a run (two unaccounted for). Allowed 2 hits and 1 hit ball. Other pitchers threw around 20 pitches.
When throwing a ball with a slippery surface, the difference is relatively small in the case of a fastball, but in the case of a breaking ball series where fingertip sensation is important, it can be difficult to control.
On this day, the pitchers of the national team threw a ball with mud on its surface, just like in an official competition. Applying mud can reduce this difference by creating friction, but it still takes some getting used to. Adaptation to the WBC official ball can be an important variable for pitchers preparing for the tournament.
The national team beat NC 8-2 that day. In the game, which lasted 7 innings, the batters scored 14 hits, including home runs by Kang Baek-ho (kt) and Choi Jeong (SSG).
The national team will play its second evaluation match against the KIA Tigers on the 20th.