Rules to be applied to the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March to determine the world’s strongest baseball team, have been roughly determined. Some changes stand out, such as advancing the game and establishing new rules for players who double as pitchers.
It was confirmed on the 13th that the WBC Organizing Committee recently sent the main rules of this tournament to the 20 participating countries. The finalized rules are expected to be released just before the competition.
Compared to the 4th tournament held six years ago, it is the same in the big frame, but there are also notable changes.
First of all, the start of the match-up inning is pulled from 11 extra innings to 10 extra innings, and runners are only placed on 2nd base instead of 1st and 2nd base as in the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB).
The WBC overtime matchup moved forward from the 13th overtime in the 3rd tournament in 2013 to the 11th overtime in 2017 and the 10th overtime again in 2023.
This change also affected the composition of the Korean team. Korea selected the main runner and the main defensive agent as the final entry, keeping in mind the match-up situation. Instead, instead of selecting three catchers, only two, the minimum number of people, were selected. It is a strategic decision that it is better to select a large runner and a large defensive agent as a ‘joker’ rather than a catcher if winning or losing the game is a priority. 먹튀검증
It is expected that the ‘Otani Rule’ will also be newly introduced in this tournament.
MLB introduced the ‘Ohtani Rule’ last year for superstar Ohtani Shohei (Los Angeles Angels), who doubles as a pitcher.
It is a rule that even if a player who played as a starting pitcher and hitter is defeated on the mound, he can remain on the line as a designated hitter and continue to play.
Ohtani will represent Japan at the WBC and face South Korea in the first round of the finals.