Introduction of the ‘Otani Rule’ + 10 overtime matches, interesting WBC rules

In the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March, if the game is not covered during regular innings, the winner will be determined by a game from the 10th inning.

It is known that the WBC Organizing Committee has recently delivered major rules of the tournament to the 20 countries participating in the 2023 WBC finals. Detailed regulations have not yet been announced, but it is expected that there will be no significant difference from the recently held 2017 competition.

It is not that there are no notable changes. In the case of the 2017 tournament, the game was played from the 11th inning, but this tournament is advanced by one inning with the 10th inning.  온라인바카라

The winning situation is also different. Even until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the attacking team started the innings from 1st and 2nd base safely, but only in the 2nd base in the American Major League method.

The number of pitches to protect pitchers is also the same as before. Since the WBC is held right before the season begins for professional leagues in the United States, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, there is a limit on the number of pitches per round to prevent overuse of pitchers.

Even in practice games, pitchers cannot throw more than 49 pitches. The maximum number of pitches per game is limited to 65 pitches for the first round of the finals, 80 pitches for the quarterfinal tournament, and 95 pitches from the semifinals.

There is also a rest guarantee rule that requires a day off if you throw more than 30 pitches in a game, and four days if you pitch more than 50 pitches. Even if you fight for two days, you must be guaranteed a day of rest.

Due to the presence of Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels), the ‘double sword’, it is expected that the ‘Ohtani Rule’ will be introduced just like in the major leagues. Since last year, the major leagues have amended the rule so that if a starting pitcher plays as a designated hitter at the same time, even if he is replaced by another pitcher, he can continue to be at bat. 

Even if Ohtani starts in the WBC and the pitcher is changed according to regulations such as the pitch limit, it is expected that he will be able to play the rest of the game as a designated hitter.

Meanwhile, the Korean WBC team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, will play the first round at the Tokyo Dome in Japan from March 9th. They are aiming to advance to the second round for the first time in 14 years since the 2009 tournament by clashing with Australia, Japan, the Czech Republic, and China in turn.

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