Its KBO’s Shortest Player Talks About the Robot Referee
KBO has been using the ABS system (automatic ball decision system), also known as ‘robot referee
since the practice game between the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) national team and the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Sangmu) held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 8th. ) is being tested. 안전놀이터
The KBO ABS system has been upgrading the system in the Futures League for the past four years since 2020
and has achieved achievements such as maintaining the precision and consistency of ball-strike decisions and shortening the time for decision results to be delivered to the referee.
If the KBO introduces ABS into the KBO league
it is expected that all pitchers and batters will be subject to the same strike zone judgment
making fair play possible.
A KBO official said, “We decided to use the ABS system in the practice game against Sangmu.
Players will also be subject to this starting next year, and it is also the zone closest to the rules.
We decided it was necessary to provide it quickly. “The systems are all in place,” he explained.
KBO’s shortest player (163cm) Kim Seong-yoon (Samsung outfielder) welcomed the introduction of robot referees.
He walked four in the first game on the 8th.
Kim Seong-yoon said, “I think it would be a bit advantageous for me because of my experience in the Futures League,” and added
As the strike zone is set according to height, the burden of hitting high balls has been reduced.”
Catcher Kim Dong-heon (Kiwoom) said, “Now, if you think it’s a ball, you can think of that line as a ball.
The top and bottom are fine, but the left and right sides seem narrow.
Although it has become narrower, I think it will be an advantage for the pitcher since he can definitely catch it consistently.
Game control has become more important,” he said, expressing his thoughts.
Kim Dong-heon also said, “From a catcher’s perspective
I think it’s more important to catch accurately than to catch.
Throwing and blocking have become more important.
(Kim) Seongyoon added, “I think his older brother saw the ball well.”
The national team’s right-handed starting duo, Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha) and Won Tae-in (Samsung), had a similar reaction.
Dong-ju Moon said, “The strike zone felt narrow.
In particular, the left and right sides were definitely narrower than expected, and the top and bottom were not as wide.
I thought the pitch had to be really good and I needed to add a solid breaking ball.
I have to improve myself.
Won Tae-in said, “I felt that the strike zone was definitely narrow. Normally, the ball would have been a strike
but I was a little unfamiliar with the ball decision. It may be disadvantageous from a pitcher’s perspective
but it is something I have to adapt to.”
Meanwhile, KBO plans to carefully select hardware that can be most efficiently combined with the accumulated ABS system and introduce it starting from next year’s demonstration games.