‘7 checks’… How should we view the referee who intervened in the game because he said he had a lot of checks? 

Checking is the pitcher’s authority. No matter how many checks are made, there is no problem with the rules. However, the umpire appeared on the mound and gave a warning to the pitcher, saying he was keeping a lot of checks in mind. 

The situation was like this. Kim Tae-hoon of Samsung pitched in relief in the bottom of the 8th inning in the game between Samsung Lions and KT Wiz in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do on the 19th. He treated lead hitter Jang Seong-woo with a grounder to second base, but gave up a walk to Bae Jeong-dae. The follow-up hitter was Kim Sang-soo, who knows Samsung better than anyone else. Samsung, which was trailing 1-4, was in a situation where it should not have allowed any more runs, but it was a pain in the ass due to the quick-witted team getting on base. On the other hand, it was a golden opportunity for KT to use various strategies.

Kim Tae-hoon threw a fast ball toward the body of the first pitch, but it went out of the strike zone and became a ball. Afterwards, he made five consecutive checks toward the runner’s assigned base at first base. And he threw the second pitch toward the batter. Afterwards, he returned to first base twice. The KT crowd booed, while the Samsung crowd cheered and watched the psychological battle between the pitcher and runner with interest. 온라인바카라

But suddenly, umpire Oh Hyeon-gyu came to the mound and warned Kim Tae-hoon to refrain from checking in order to keep the game going quickly. This is because excessive checks can cause delay in game time. It is said that he cannot give warnings or impose sanctions, but he can give cautions.

But this case was an absurd one. The pitcher wasn’t keeping the runner in check to deceive and tease him. Kim Tae-hoon was conscious of fast runners when pitching and was throwing with quick motion, and Bae Jeong-dae had a lead so large that he returned to base by sliding headfirst on all seven checks. He was a runner who was ready to run at any time. Through his checks, Kim Tae-hoon induced Bae Jeong-dae to consume physical strength and made the runner’s feet heavy.

Samsung coach Park Jin-man and head coach Lee Byeong-gyu also came to the ground to protest in an incomprehensible situation. 

Psychological warfare through checks is part of the game. Checking is an important strategy not only for pitchers and runners, but also for winning games against batters. Disrupting the batter’s concentration through checks is a high-level psychological warfare. There is a saying that baseball is a psychological game. Checking is a psychological battle between pitchers and runners, and between pitchers and batters. However, it was an absurd situation where the referee intervened in the game and asked for restraint.

In fact, the pitcher and runners smiled shyly at the referee’s intervention in the game, and the game was paused for a while and then resumed. 

Meanwhile, in today’s game, KT defeated Samsung 7-1 with back-to-back home runs by Kang Baek-ho and Park Byeong-ho in the first inning, reaching its 70th win of the season. KT starting pitcher Go Young-pyo became the winning pitcher with 9 hits, 4 strikeouts, and 1 run in 6 innings, and became the sole 4th place in most wins with 12 wins (7 losses) of the season. 


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