I wish it was uniform”… Unresolved Sanchez ‘fake check’ balk problem, general manager’s complaint
- on Aug 09, 2023
“I hope it’s uniform.”
Mario Sanchez, a substitute foreign pitcher for the KIA Tigers, took the mound in five games this season and recorded an average ERA of 6.49 with 2 wins, 1 loss, 26⅓ innings, 19 runs (19 ERA), 7 strikeouts, and 33 strikeouts.
Sanchez had a successful debut against Suwon KT Wiz on July 9, his debut match, pitching well with 1 run (1 earned) in 6⅓ innings. At the time, it was Sanchez’s double kicking and unique pitch preparation that caught the attention of baseball fans. When Sanchez starts pitching with a runner on first base, he moves as if he is trying to check first base, then balances and pitches.
The double kicking problem was immediately resolved. Sanchez said he would not double kick. However, the problem of Sanchez’s fake check operation is still unresolved.
Shim Jae-hak, head of team, met with reporters ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League LG Twins match held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 8th. It was because of Sanchez’s pitching motion problems.
Sim Jae-hak, general manager Shim Jae-hak, said, “Sanchez thinks he made a correction, but he says he can’t concentrate on the game because the story comes up during the game.” Concentrating on movements can lead to situations where the balance is broken.”
A KIA official said, “In the KT match, the referee at the time said they would give a balk if they double kicked. However, they judged that there was no big problem with the check action.”
“Ahead of the game against the Samsung Lions in Gwangju on July 11, the referee at the time said about the check action before the game, ‘When checking first base, if you check it with your shoulder closed, it will be a balk. He said there was no problem,” he said.
Ahead of the Pohang Samsung Exhibition on August 1, a new one was added. A KIA official said, “If you check immediately after doing a fake check, you will declare a balk.먹튀검증
The problem is that in the match against the Hanwha Eagles in Gwangju on the 6th, Sanchez checked right after the fake check. However, a balk was not declared. Sanchez was also confused by skipping over the situation where balk should have been declared.
Shim Jae-hak, head of the team, said, “I hope this problem is uniform. I think we should decide ‘this situation is like this’ and prepare accordingly. Since each referee group talks differently, we are confused and the players are inevitably stressed. “he said.