KT coach Lee Kang-cheol, who experienced the longest stoppage in history at 204 minutes, raised his voice, saying that the regulations need to be revised in relation to starter Wes Benjamin returning to the mound after the game resumed.
KT dominated the two double header games against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 17th. However, due to heavy rain that suddenly fell in the second game, the game was stopped for 204 minutes, the longest in KBO League history, and the entire team suffered considerable damage. Unfortunately, in Daejeon, where the away locker room facilities were the poorest, the entire team waited for the game to resume in the dugout without a separate rest area, waiting for more than three hours. The physical strength of not only the players but also the managers and coaches was extreme.
Coach Lee, who met before the Hanwha match in Daejeon on the 18th, said, “Even though we won the game, I also didn’t want the game to resume. Even though I watched the LG-SSG game during the suspension, the ground maintenance work wasn’t finished. “I was hoping for a cancellation,” he said honestly.
What Coach Lee was most dissatisfied with was starter Benjamin, who returned to the mound after the game resumed. Benjamin threw 7 pitches when Moon Hyunbin was at bat in the 5th inning with a 3-1 lead, and then came off the mound due to a rain stoppage. After a whopping 3 hours and 24 minutes, his shoulder cooled down, but after the game resumed, he took the mound again and continued his match against Moon Hyun-bin. Benjamin threw two more balls and gave up a walk before being replaced by Son Dong-hyun. He barely finished the game with a 77km curve followed by a 97km fastball.
According to Rule 5, Section 10 of the Baseball Rules, if a pitcher participating in a game crosses the foul line at the beginning of an inning, the pitcher must complete the pitch until the first batter is out or reaches first base before being replaced. This is why Benjamin had no choice but to return to the mound after waiting for 3 hours and 24 minutes.
Director Lee said, “The regulations need to be changed. It is realistically impossible to wait 1-2 hours before throwing. “It’s a meaningless rule,” he said emphatically, adding, “If the runner who walks hits home, the earned run average goes up. If an injury occurs, the player’s life may be in jeopardy. I hope that the rules will be changed to eliminate the need to deal with existing hitters after 30 minutes. “It’s a problem that needs to be thought about,” he said with determination. 메이저놀이터
Meanwhile, KT, who meets Hanwha starter Lee Tae-yang, is Kim Min-hyuk (right fielder) – Hwang Jae-gyun (third baseman) – Kang Baek-ho (designated hitter) – Anthony Alford (left fielder) – Jang Seong-woo (catcher) – Bae Jeong-dae (center fielder) – Lee Ho-yeon (second baseman) – Oh Yoon-seok (First baseman) – Kim Sang-soo (shortstop) formed the starting lineup. The starting pitcher is Eom Sang-baek’s replacement, Kim Min.