“I almost reached my knee”
On the 10th, the season 4 match between the teams of Lotte Giants and Doosan Bears was held at Sajik Stadium in Busan. After Lotte’s attack ended at the end of the 8th inning, a battle of words broke out between referee Lee Young-jae and Lotte Jeon Jun-woo.
The situation was like this. At the end of the 8th inning, when Lotte led 3-0, with no runners out, referee Lee Young-jae shouted a strikeout call on the 141km fastball thrown by Kim Myeong-shin of Doosan. Depending on the angle of the relay camera, the point the ball reaches may look different, but it was a very obvious missing ball. Jeon Jun-woo, who was at bat at the time, looked embarrassed, but went back to the dugout without much appeal.
However, the problem occurred at the timing of the inning shift. Jeon Jun-woo asked referee Lee Young-jae a ‘question’ about the decision at the time. But here, referee Lee Young-jae was furious and headed toward Lotte Dugout, putting his emotions first. Coach Larry Sutton and pitching coach Bae Young-soo tried to stop referee Lee Young-jae, but they couldn’t calm down easily, and Jeon Jun-woo also stood up. This situation was only resolved after head coach Park Heung-sik intervened.
What was the situation like at the time? Jeon Jun-woo, who met with reporters before the resignation Lotte game on the 11th, said, “I came in yesterday (to the dugout) and checked, and it wasn’t one ball. It fell too much. It almost hit my knee. I can do it. I fully understand. But when I said, ‘Isn’t there something I can ask,’ he got very angry.”
Jeon Jun-woo said, “The players and referees get along very well these days. When I say, ‘I think I’m missing a bit,’ they usually say, ‘I’ll check it out.’ But yesterday was a little different.” “It’s a pity that the referees who do it seem to be swearing. The players are also very focused. I don’t want to blush because I see them every day, but they got angry.”
Referee Lee Young-jae seems to be out of sync with Sajik Stadium this year. Referee Lee Young-jae committed the worst misjudgment in the Lotte-KT game held in Sajik on the 7th of last month. He made a big mistake in applying the rule after being hit by a batted ball hit by his batter. The KBO did not condone this situation, and gave referee Lee Young-jae an indefinite relegation to the Futures League, a fine of 1 million won, and a warning. At the time, the referees who belonged to the same group also received a fine of 1 million won and a warning.메이저놀이터
Coach Larry Sutton also spoke about the situation the day before (the 10th). The command tower said, “At the time, Jeon Jun-woo was not trying to argue about the ball decision. I know he was trying to ask a question. However, it seems that there was a miscommunication due to a lot of noise. Communication would have been smooth,” he said.
The command tower explained that the timing was not good, but Jeon Jun-woo’s appeal was fully understandable. And he made it clear that the decision shouldn’t affect the game. Manager Sutton raised his voice, saying, “The team (appeal) timing was not good. But as a player myself, I don’t think these things should affect baseball.”