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Korean Baseball Organization is Going Green in 2010


The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) is going green this year.  In an effort to cut down on the electricity used during games, the KBO is installing new rules for the 2010 season.  Pitchers will now have 12 seconds to make the next pitch.  The first infraction will be a warning with the insuing infractions ruled as a ball to the batter.  I guess this effectively eliminates any possibility that Vincente Padilla would ever play in Korea.

Other steps are being installed to cut down on the length of games.  Batters will be encouraged to go to the plate quickly, and all bullpen cars will be electric.  Some stadiums will also use solar power in parts of the park and some will switch to more energy efficient LED lights.

Korea is not the first to implement such rules.  Japan took similar steps in its professional baseball league in 2008 to shorten games.

I am looking forward to March 27th and opening day here in Daegu, South Korea.

Citizens Stadium - Daegu, South Korea

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I have been a baseball fan ever since I can remember.  I have followed baseball closely since the first World Series I can remember, 1985 Cards v Royals.  I can still see Dirk Denkinger missing the call in the 9th.  This begs the question too, will the Royals ever make it back to prominence? 

I live for baseball season.  There is something about spring and the smells of a game.  I always think back to Ray Liotta playing Shoeless Joe Jackson when he says, “Man, I did love this game. I’d have played for food money. It was the game… The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?”  I was never paid to play, but I have paid to play.  This game holds a special place in my heart, and I live and die with each season.

There are a lot of things I want to see in life, and many of them deal with baseball.  I hope to see as many stadiums as I can starting with each of the 7 stadiums in the Korean Baseball Organization.  This site will be about my baseball travels around the world and I hope to bring you some great stories along the way.

Opening day is not far off and I can’t wait.  See you then.

TBJM

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