In the second half of the season, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) implemented a revised three-foot line rule. If a runner runs inside the 3-foot line and interferes with the throw, the batter will be called out.
“Due to the recent controversy over the judgment of the 3-foot line, we will clearly apply the 3-foot line defensive interference rule in detail from the second half of the 2023 season,” the KBO said on Tuesday.
The 3-foot line is a line approximately 3 feet (91.4 centimeters) down the back half of the baseline between home plate and first base. It marks the area where a runner is allowed to run from home plate to first base.
The KBO uses a modified 3-foot line rule starting later this year. If an umpire determines that a runner’s running inside the 3-foot line is clearly causing interference with the throw or catch, it will be ruled as defensive interference.
The KBO’s previous 3-foot line rule was that a runner was out if the umpire determined that the runner interfered with the first baseman handling the throw beyond the 3-foot line. In other words, if the runner’s inside run interfered with the first baseman’s throw, the runner was ruled out for defensive interference.
Whereas the previous rule allowed umpires to make a call based on whether the runner interfered with the throw, the revised rule includes interference with the throw. The new rule recognizes that a runner’s inside run can interfere with the throw as well as the catch, and can result in defensive interference.
The Gwangju Samsung Lions-Kia Tigers game on the 13th is a good example. In the top of the third inning, pinch-hitter Jose Pirela hit a grounder and ran inside the foul line, and first baseman Choi Won-jun was unable to catch a bad throw from pitcher Yang Hyun-jong. The umpire checked to see if Pirela interfered with the pitch under the existing rule, and ultimately determined that it was a bad throw by Yang, and declared a save after video review.
If Pirela’s throw was judged under the new rule, the umpires could have ruled it an interference call and called him out.
Meanwhile, the KBO considered but did not accept the suggestion that an exception should be made for runners who step on the base with their right foot because their left foot may inevitably encroach on the 3-foot line. This is not allowed under international rules (MLB, NPB), so the KBO does not apply it either. 카지노사이트