All baseball players will agree that referees suffer under adverse conditions, but it is difficult to come out this way. A misjudgment came out at the crucial moment, and in overtime, he even had an argument with the player. The KBO referee committee announced follow-up measures.안전놀이터
The match between the Hanwha Eagles and the LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium on the 20th ended in a 1-1 draw after 12 extra innings. Hanwha started 8 pitchers, starting with Lee Tae-yang (3⅔ innings scoreless), and LG also used 8 pitchers including Adam Plutko (6 innings, 1 run). However, the referee received as much attention as the players of both teams in this match. There was a misjudgment, and even a situation of arguing with the player came out.
The misjudgment occurred in a crucial situation in the bottom of the 9th inning. When Shin Min-jae, runner on first base, started off with second base, Jung Joo-hyun of LG threw down his bat to touch the ball. However, the bat hit catcher Choi Jae-hoon, not the ball. While Choi Jae-hoon was reorganizing the situation for a while, the 4 judges gathered and summarized the situation as catcher obstruction.
Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho ran out and insisted on obstruction of defense, but the appeal did not last long. Crisis to finish 1st and 2nd base safely. However, Hanhwa closer Park Sang-won prevented this crisis with a double hit and a floating ball, and the game went into overtime.
At 9:11 p.m., while the extension was in progress, the KBO admitted a mistake, saying that defensive obstruction was the correct decision. In other words, it was almost possible to end the game by mistake. KBO also announced follow-up measures such as disciplinary action against the referee.
▲ Jung Joo-hyeon, Choi Jae-hoon ⓒReporter Kwak Hye-mi
At the end of the 12th inning, there was even an embarrassing scene. The referee had an argument with Park Hae-min of LG who was in the dugout. The battle of words between the two even took place not at the plate of Hong Chang-ki, the next hitter, but of Song Chan, second baseman and first baseman.
Park Hae-min came out as the lead batter at the end of the 12th inning and was out with a straight hit to first base. Park Hae-min had been dissatisfied with the strike zone from the beginning of the game, but he indirectly appealed to the first ball decision by leaving the plate once in the 12th inning. After he was out, he tossed his helmet toward the dugout. After a while, the referee started to get angry at the LG dugout from the 2nd and 1st base. Park Hae-min also responded and the match was stopped for a while.
All of this process was relayed by the relay camera. The referee shouted at Park Hae-min, “I have to work hard too!” Park Hae-min also responded, “Who said you don’t suffer? Why are you looking at me? Did I look at you?” The situation was sorted out as the LG players took Park Hae-min to the back of the dugout.
Meanwhile, the judges on this day consisted of referee Kwon Young-chul, first base referee Jeon Il-soo, second base referee Kim Byeong-joo, third base referee Yu Deok-hyung, and standby referee Kim Joon-hee.