Ryu Hyun-jin of the Hanwha Eagles pitches in a Korea Baseball Organization preseason game against the Lotte Giants at Sajik Baseball Stadium in the southeastern city of Busan, March 17. Yonhap

The 2024 Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) season, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday with five games across the country, will be marked by changes on multiple levels.

On the field, there will be several rule changes.

The KBO will introduce the automated ball-strike system (ABS), after going through a test run during the preseason this month. The league boasted 카지노 that the ABS, colloquially called the robot umpire, worked to near-perfect accuracy, and is counting on the same for the 144-game regular season.

The ABS uses a tracking system to make calls on balls and strikes, and relays the information to the home plate umpire through an ear piece.

Following the lead of Major League Baseball (MLB), the KBO will institute a ban on infield shifts this year. Four infielders must have at least one foot on the infield dirt, with at least two infielders on either side of the second base.

The Korean league has also enlarged the bases, from 15 square inches to 18 square inches, and this could lead to more steals.

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