New ‘Otani Rule’ established, 2 video readings from the 4th round… WBC Rules Announcement

The rules for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March, have been announced.

On the 7th (Korean time), the WBC Organizing Committee released the rules to be applied to this tournament through its official website.

The most eye-catching provision is video reading. In the last tournament, the referees had the right to review the video, and the coach could not request it.

In this competition, on the contrary, the coach can request a video review, and the referees do not have the authority. In the first round and quarterfinals of the finals, the coach can request video review only once per game, and from the quarterfinals, the number increases to twice.

In the designated hitter system, a new rule called the “Ohtani Rule” was established. A rule was made that allows a player who played as a starting pitcher to continue playing as a designated hitter even if he is off the mound. In fact, it is a rule for two-time superstar Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels).

The number of pitches for pitcher protection is the same as in previous years. The maximum number of pitches for a pitcher is limited to 65 in the first round, 80 in the quarterfinals, and 95 in the semifinals. Once on the mound, a pitcher must face at least three batters. 

If the winner cannot be determined within the ninth inning, which is regular innings, a match-up will be held starting with the 10th inning and attacking with the runner on second base. In the first round, if the score difference between the two teams is more than 10 points by the 7th inning and 15 points or more by the 5th inning, the game ends as a called game.

In the first round, the ranking among tied teams is determined in the order of winner-to-win – least team lost – least team earned run – highest team batting average – lottery. 슬롯사이트

According to the lineage of the grandparents, the regulation to select the nationality to participate in the WBC was limited to the parents.

The WBC Organizing Committee stipulates that a citizen of a specific country must be a citizen of the country, a legal permanent resident of that country, or a player who can document that one of their parents is a citizen of that country or was born there.

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