While the pitcher finished preparing to throw the ball, the batter stood at the plate and calmly touched his glove and adjusted his breathing. It’s a scene you see often in baseball.
However, as the preparation motion became longer, the referee suddenly raised one hand high. The pitcher and catcher checked the umpire’s hand signal and walked toward the dugout to switch between offense and defense. In the situation of two outs and two strikes, the batter just stood still, but the referee called for a strike even though the pitcher had not thrown the ball.
This is a scene that can often be seen in the major leagues from this year.온라인바카라
It is a rare sight that comes from the ‘speed-up’ regulation that the Major League Secretariat strengthened so that the baseball game would not become boring, so that it could appeal more to the younger generation.
The MLB Secretariat introduced the ‘pitch clock’ this year. The pitcher must get into a pitching motion within 15 seconds without runners and within 20 seconds with runners. This is the ‘pitch clock’. The hitter must complete the batting preparation movement until the ‘pitch clock’ has 8 seconds remaining.
If the pitcher violates the rule, a ball is called, and if the batter violates the rule, a strike is called.
The average duration of major league demonstration games this year, when the ‘pitch clock’ was introduced, was 2 hours and 35 minutes, an average of 26 minutes less than last year.
Manny Machado, a teammate of the San Diego Padres who cherishes Kim Ha-seong, became the first player to be ejected for protesting the application of the ‘pitch clock’ in a regular season game.
On the 5th (Korean time), Machado appeared as the designated hitter 3 times in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks held at Petco Park in San Diego, USA, and took his first at-bat with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Machado adjusted his gloves as he caught his breath on a 3-ball-2 strike. Time passed. Machado was also conscious of the ‘pitch clock’. He raised his hand to the referee when he had about 8 seconds to go and called for a timeout. The batter may request a timeout once per at-bat to secure additional preparation time.
However, the referee judged that Machado’s time-out request came after 8 seconds. The referee gave an automatic strike decision, and as a result, the inning ended with three outs.
Machado immediately expressed his dissatisfaction, and San Diego manager Bob Melvin also took to the ground to protest. During this process, Machado appeared to have made inappropriate comments to the referee. The referee ordered Machado off the field.
Machado is in a position to be unfair.
After the match, Machado told ESPN and other US media outlets, “As you can see, I called a time-out on time. The referee said I was late, but that’s his idea. I definitely requested it when the 7 seconds had passed. That’s enough. I thought it was, but it wasn’t acknowledged,” he said.
San Diego lost to Arizona 6-8. Kim Ha-seong was silent with no hits in 4 at-bats.