“S-zone protest? It was necessary.” Mistrust of the referee…The reason why the head coach kicked out the dugout [Busan Focus]

“I tried to restrain myself, but I needed to point it out.”

The distrust of the command towers is growing over the judgment of the referee at the baseball field.

It is not a problem limited to one 꽁머니사이트 person. Larry Sutton (Lotte) Kim Jong-guk (KIA) Lee Seung-yeop (Doosan) Kim Won-hyung (SSG) Yeom Kyung-yeop (LG), coaches, are being kicked out after intense protests, filling the broadcast screen every day. NC coach Kang In-kwon also kicked off the dugout and went to the ground.

Factors such as out-safe during base running and hits-fouls on the line are mostly solved by video review. There are not many cases like Ji-Hyeok Ryu, the head of Pohang Baseball Stadium, on a home run. However, if there are many overturns of judgment due to video review, distrust in the referee’s decision will inevitably grow.

Coaches who were former players fully sympathize with the referee’s hard work, who has to make more than 300 decisions in a game. Because of this, I do not protest against the ‘strike-ball (S zone)’, which is the basic and core of baseball. Recently, protests have tended to focus on violating the 3-foot rule and obstructing baserunning (defense).

But this year is a little different. Dissatisfaction with the S Zone continues to explode. It is not a specific situation, but a criticism of the lack of consistency under the overall flow of the game.

The same goes for director Kang In-kwon. Sajik Stadium on the 2nd, in the beginning of the 7th inning with NC trailing 3-6, lead batter Kwon Hee-dong was at bat. In Lotte, the starting pitcher Barnes has just gone down and the pitcher has been replaced by Koo Seung-min. Hee-dong Kwon fought a full count, but Seung-min Gu’s 132km forkball on the 6th pitch was judged as a strike and struck out.

On this day, Kwon Hee-dong showed off his climax with 3 hits in 5 at-bats. This ball was also a ball that was let go with confidence that it was a ball from the batter’s point of view. However, referee Ham Ki-woong declared a strike. With this strikeout, the flow completely leaned toward Lotte, and Lotte took the victory that day.

Coach Kang met with reporters ahead of the match against Lotte on the 3rd and said, “I try to refrain from protesting against the S zone. But yesterday, the atmosphere was changing. did,” he explained.

Then, he said, “(1 out 1 base in the top of the 8th inning) Kim Seong-wook’s strikeout decision is also regretful because there is a feeling that it is retaliation for my protest” and “Should I actively appeal to the robot referee (introduction)?”

What do coach Kang think about the recent growing distrust of referee decisions among field commanders? He replied, “I don’t have conversations about the strike zone with the managers.” There was no discussion other than baseball consensus.

Director Kang repeatedly emphasized, “The battle for ranking is so fierce, but I don’t think the flow should change with a single ball. I have no choice but to be sensitive.”

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