Cody Bellinger (28, Chicago Cubs) was pointed out for violating the rules while responding to the hospitality of his parents’ fans. If it had been notified in advance, ‘impressive destruction’ could have been prevented.
The LA Times, an American media, introduced the situation that occurred in the previous day’s game on the 16th (Korean time), saying, “In the Major League (MLB), there is a device to prevent pitch clock violations like Bellinger.”
Bellinger started as the Cubs’ fifth hitter and center fielder in the 2023 Major League away game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California the day before.먹튀검증
This game was the first time Bellinger faced the Dodgers in the regular season. After making his major league debut in 2017, Bellinger wore a Dodgers uniform for six seasons until last year. He showed his best performance in his first three years, including the National League Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the National League MVP in 2019. He also contributed to the team’s World Series victory in 2020.
However, starting with a shoulder injury in 2020, Bellinger has been plagued by multiple injuries. In 2021, he only made 95 appearances, and his batting average was also poor at 0.165. Last year, he played more than 100 games (144 games) in 3 years, but his batting average was 0.210 and OPS 0.654, which was below expectations. Eventually, the Dodgers parted ways with Bellinger after last season, and he moved to the Cubs.
The Dodgers paid tribute to their former teammate by showing a video of Bellinger’s performance on the team before the game. Then, in the top of the second inning, when Bellinger entered his first at-bat, fans at Dodger Stadium gave a standing ovation. Bellinger also responded by stepping away from the plate and preparing to hit again.
But at this time, referee Jim Wolf signed something. It was that Bellinger violated the pitch clock. The pitch clock, introduced in the major leagues from this season, is a rule that limits the time required for pitching and batting. In the case of a batter, a strike is automatically declared if the batter also does not enter the plate within 8 seconds of the remaining time. As a result, Bellinger had a ball count of 0-1 strike before entering the plate. He broke the impression.
According to the media, Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras, complained about the scene to MLB deputy commissioner Dan Harem. “I asked Harem, ‘Why aren’t we ready for this?’ and he said, ‘It’s at the referee’s discretion, and if there’s anything special, let the referee know in advance,'” Boras said.
Boras continued, “Dave Roberts (Dodgers manager) even shouted at the dugout, ‘Give Bellinger more time!’
As Harem said, for special events, pitch clock violations can be avoided with advance notice. In fact, in the case of Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), he received the same applause from the fans in the opening game, and it is said that this was because he informed the secretariat in advance. However, in Bellinger’s case, neither the Cubs nor the Dodgers requested this in advance. In a word, it was a scene that could have been prevented.
Meanwhile, Bellinger recorded 1 hit and 1 RBI that day in 4 at-bats, and the next day, he went 1-at-3 and reported a hit in two consecutive games against the Dodgers.