This time, the first base umpire failed to avoid the runner… A fallen runner is tagged out.
15 September 2023
In the game between Changwon LG Twins and NC Dinos on the 26th of last month, the referee’s ‘heel’, which was unable to avoid a batted ball, decided the win or loss.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, with LG ahead 5-3, with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, NC Park Geon-woo’s infield ground ball hit the heel of the second base umpire’s shoe, and according to baseball rules, it became an infield hit.
The game that should have ended continued as is, and NC ultimately won with Kwon Hee-dong’s walk-off home run.
This time, a situation occurred where the umpire and the runner collided and the runner was out.
In the game between the Doosan Bears and KIA Tigers held at Gwangju Champions Field on the 15th, in the bottom of the second inning when KIA was trailing 0-1, Woo-sung Lee hit an infield ground ball toward the third baseman with one out and runners on third base.
At this time, Doosan third baseman Heo Gyeong-min made an unfortunate안전놀이터 throw to first base, and Lee Woo-sung took advantage of the opportunity to run through first base toward second base.
Third base runner Choi Hyeong-woo, who saw this scene, leisurely stepped toward home.
And perhaps because he did not expect a bad throw, first base umpire Na Gwang-nam was unable to avoid Lee Woo-seong and collided with him.
Woo-sung Lee fell to the ground complaining of pain, and in the meantime, Doosan second baseman Gye-beom Park was holding the ball and tagged Woo-sung Lee.
Lee Woo-sung, who was able to go to second base, had to return to the dugout satisfied with tying the score at 1-1.
It may be an unfair scene for KIA, but according to baseball rules, Lee Woo-sung is out.
The KBO explained, “Even if a runner bumps into an umpire while running a base, the play continues. To avoid being out, the runner should have returned to first base.”
Lee Woo-sung was ruled out, but this time, the Doosan bench requested a video review to determine whether the batter or runner interfered with the 3-foot defense.
If there is a 3-foot defensive interference, the batter and runner are out and the runner must return to his original base.
However, it was confirmed that there was no problem with Lee Woo-sung’s base running, and KIA was awarded one point.