The foreign player system of the KBO League, where the initiative of foreign players is increasing year by year, is finally on the operating table.
The 10 professional baseball teams decided to start a full-fledged discussion on the issue of changing the foreign player system as a major agenda item at the executive committee (heads meeting) to be held on the 25th.
Prior to the opening of this season, even when the club, 먹튀검증which had a foreign player injury issue, proposed the implementation of the ‘alternative foreign player system’ in the nature of a so-called ‘part-time foreign player system’, it did not gain sympathy from the entire club, so it did not reach the detailed discussion stage. However, after the opening, the foreign player injury issue expanded to several clubs, and the change to the foreign player system came to the table at the official meeting.
The current professional baseball outsider system has a structure of ‘winners and losers’, which are tied to the rules created by the club. It is possible to replace up to two foreign players in the current system, which allows three foreign players to be registered, but to recruit a new player, it can only be promoted after breaking up with the existing player through waiver announcement.
Currently, in order to recruit an ace-class foreign pitcher in the KBO league, they must be treated at the level of a million-dollar full warranty. In some cases, even one game is not properly played, and an unfair thing inevitably happens that only the ‘ransom price’ is paid in full.
There was also a case where it was confirmed how narrow the club’s range of motion was in front of foreign players. The reason why Hanwha decided to replace foreign pitcher Birch Smith quickly was because of concerns that the first half of the season could be wasted by waiting for his return.
Smith, who suffered from shoulder pain in the opening game of the regular season against Kiwoom on the 1st, seemed to be able to prepare for a return after spending only two weeks or so at the time of the first checkup. The reaction was that it was fortunate that his damaged area was in the armpit. However, in the reexamination on the 17th, the club’s calculation became complicated as the findings of each hospital were mixed with positive and negative. Last year, Smith was in the injury ward for nearly two months due to an injury in Seibu, a Japanese professional baseball game. It was also unclear when Smith could shake off his anxiety and return. This is why Hanwha quickly contacted Ricardo Sanchez, a new foreign pitcher.
Smith was a player who was expected to change the situation of foreign players in the new season even during the demonstration game last March. It seems that Hanwha had a strong desire to keep Smith while temporarily replacing one vacant foreign player with another player if possible. If Smith recovers, he will weigh his performance against the substitute and it is a way for the club to judge again.
It is said that the related discussions of this executive committee also start the ‘replacement foreign player system’. However, starting with this, the discussion is expected to expand to the fostering foreign player system and the Japanese professional baseball style foreign player system, which differs the number of possessions and first team registrations, which have been on the agenda of the meeting.
Team A’s head said, “The ‘replacement foreign player system’ takes too much time to find players, sign contracts, and obtain visas when injured players occur, so it is more realistic to find a method that is closer to fostering.” The head of Team B said, “This time, the scope of the discussion seems to be widening. Even if it is not the Japanese professional baseball system where only 4 registered players are limited to infinite possession, I think it is more reasonable to register 3 people with 4 people.”
If it is possible to insert an alternative card in any way, it seems that a competitive structure can be established between foreign players in the team. At least you can avoid being unilaterally attracted to a specific foreign player.
Communication with the Athletes Association, which is focusing on fostering domestic players, is also a necessary issue. However, unilateral opposition to the change of the foreign player system itself is a trend that is difficult to justify. It seems that a wise approach would be for the Athletes Association to maintain the number of first-team registrations for foreign players to reduce the impact on domestic players, while protruding other benefits for domestic players through other ‘transactions’.