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Baseball league to set up video replay center

All News 18:20 February 07, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top baseball league said Tuesday it will set up a new replay center in the nation's capital for the 2017 season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said its Video Review Center, to be built at a yet-to-be-determined location in Seoul, will handle all replay reviews. Previously, umpires have had to walk back into their locker room at individual stadiums to rely on broadcast footage of disputed plays.

When a team calls for a review, the crew chief will be put in touch with officials at the Video Review Center through headsets and will make the ruling based on findings at the replay facility.

The Video Review Center will receive feeds from TV broadcasts and also from three of KBO's own cameras. If these feeds can't help the reviewers make the clear-cut calls, then the original ruling on the field will stand.

The video review in the KBO covers safe-out, fair-foul and catch-trap calls, in addition to disputed home run calls.

The Video Review Center will have up to three umpires on hand.

Major League Baseball operates Replay Operations Center in New York City.

In other rule changes, the KBO said pitching changes will have to be made in 2 minutes and 20 seconds, down from 2:30 last season, hoping to speed up the games. Exceptions will be made only in the case of injuries to pitchers.


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