Amidst the emergence of a heinous crime as a social problem, an article foreshadowing the terrorism of professional baseball umpires is posted and shocking. The referees came to a situation where they started the game with anxiety about terrorism because of the distorted fan spirit of some ignorant fans.
Changwon LG-NC on the 26th. In the bottom of the 9th inning, NC trailed by 3-5, Park Gun-woo from 2 out and 1st base hit a ground ball, and second base umpire Yoon Sang-won tried to avoid it, but the ball slightly touched the sole of his foot. 안전놀이터
Baseball Rule 5.06(c) Section 6 states that “when a fair ball not touching an infielder (including pitcher) is hit by a runner or umpire in fair territory, or a fair ball not passing through an infielder (other than pitcher) is hit by an umpire—the batter Each runner who has to clear a base by becoming a runner advances.’
It was unlucky for LG at the end of the game. Park Kun-woo’s ground ball was recorded as a hit. With 2 out 1st and 2nd base, the game resumed. Since then, the flow of the game has subtly changed.
The ball hit by Jason Martin passed the pitcher’s height with a one-bound and headed for second base. Oh Ji-hwan stopped while dashing and tried to catch it, but he couldn’t catch it because he couldn’t hit the bound accurately. As it became a hit in the middle game, the difference was 5-4 by 1 point.
In the 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases, Kwon Hee-dong hit Ko Woo-seok’s 152km fastball in the 6th pitch in a full count, and hit a 3-run homer that went over the left wall and ended the reversal. NC won 7-5. Angered by the final loss, some LG fans posted online that they would terrorize not only referee Yoon Sang-won, but also his family and Changwon referee team.
In response, the KBO refereeing committee excluded referee Yoon Sang-won, who was scheduled to serve as the referee for the LG-NC match on the 27th, from the match and replaced referee Kim Jeong-guk as the referee. Masan Dongbu Police Station sent plainclothes police officers to the baseball field ahead of the game on the 27th to prepare for an emergency.
The judges unanimously say, “We are 0-point husbands and 0-point fathers.” I always feel sorry for not being able to take care of my family because I was busy with the game schedule throughout the season, but now that I have been threatened, I even feel discouraged. A referee complained, “If such a threatening post comes up while we spend a lot of time away from our families, we are bound to be more concerned as we are and as families are.”
As the ranking competition intensifies, the psychological burden on referees increases. I do not let go of the string of tension because I am afraid that one misjudgment will have a big impact on the outcome of the game. In the midst of this, he was even threatened with terrorism, so the mental stress inevitably reached its peak.
If the referees make an incorrect decision, strict measures such as imposing a fine and demotion to the 2nd team should be taken according to the rules, but the priority is to ensure that they can perform their role well as the ground’s clear guard. It seems that the KBO should also come up with countermeasures for this.