Tricky WBC mound rules… Lee Kang-cheol-pyo’s ‘Tomb of Woon-yong’ rises to the test bed
In the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which opens in March, the mound of manager of each team is expected to have a great influence on the win or loss. This is because strict rules apply.
According to the regulations distributed by the WBC organizing committee, each team limits the number of pitches per game to protect pitchers. 카지노사이트 Mandatory rest days must also be guaranteed.
There is also a difference in the number of throws per game. The number of pitches is raised to 49 in practice games, 65 in the first round, 80 in the second round (quarterfinals), and 95 in the semifinals and finals. If pitcher A encounters batter B and exceeds the number of pitches, he must come down the mound immediately after dealing with batter B.
Pitchers are mandated to take breaks based on the number of pitches they have thrown. If you throw 30 to 49 pitches in a game, you have to take a day off, and if you throw 50 or more pitches, you have to take four days off. Even if you throw two consecutive days, you must take a day off, and you cannot pitch two games in one day if you play a double header.
The maximum number of pitches a starting pitcher can throw in the first round of the finals is 65. Usually, starting pitchers have to throw at least 5 to 6 innings to calculate the mound operation, so it is never a generous number. Considering the rest days according to the number of pitches, when and at what timing the pitcher is replaced will inevitably have a big impact on the game and the future direction of the game.
The ‘minimum three batters mandatory opponent’ regulation is also an element that hurts the head of the director. In the WBC, when a pitcher steps on the mound, he is obliged to face three batters. The WBC Organizing Committee decided to introduce the regulation to reduce the number of pitcher replacements and speed up the game.
Although this rule is already in force in the Major League (MLB), the Korean national team, which has had fun with fighting tactics that operate the bullpen in the right place without major restrictions in international competitions, can act as ‘poison’ for the Korean national team. Detailed mound management that comprehensively considers the game situation, the pitcher’s condition, and the outcount has become necessary.
On top of that, you should also calculate in your head a preparation for a match-up (starting innings from second base unharmed), which is applied from the 10th inning.
Coach Lee Kang-cheol, who leads the WBC Korean national team, also expressed concern about the difficult mound rules. In an interview with reporters, he revealed his complicated mind, saying, “There are a lot of things to consider, such as control and outcount situations, when it comes to pitching.
Korea selected 15 pitchers for this tournament. Training and practice games will be held to determine the position of each pitcher. I will coordinate opinions with the pitching coaches, but it is entirely up to Lee to formulate how to use them and make the final decision on when to use them.
The WBC, which has introduced various regulations, is expected to be a great test for coach Lee, who made a name for himself as an expert in pitcher training and mound management in the KBO League after transforming into a leader.