The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) has set the opening date for the 2021 regular season as April 3.
The KBO held the 9th executive committee meeting at the Seoul Baseball Hall on the 8th, where the heads of 10 professional baseball teams will attend the meeting, and after being briefed on the schedule for next season, it set April 3 as a provisional opening day. It will be confirmed by the KBO board meeting scheduled for next week.
The executive committee has decided to start the spring camp on February 1 despite the spread of Corona 19. However, as there are concerns about the spread of Corona 19, all 10 clubs will hold off-season training in Korea, not abroad. Some suggested delaying it to Feb. 15 due to the cold weather, but the coaching staff and players agreed to push ahead as much as they get paid from Feb. 1.
In addition, if the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are held normally, the post-season games could be played at Gocheok Sky Dome, a neutral stadium. With the 2020 regular season opening in May, the slowest ever due to the spread of Corona 19, the postseason will also be pushed back to November. The playoffs and the Korean Series played at Gocheok Sky Dome because of the cold weather. If the Tokyo Olympics are held, the postseason could also be pushed back to November due to delays in the regular season. Postseason games will be held at Gocheok Sky Dome after Nov. 15.
The executive committee also set its course to abolish the second draft, which had been held every two years since 2011. The executive committee said, “The second draft began with the aim of supporting new clubs and equalizing their power. It is time to abolish it. The movement of players is not as active as it was in the early stages of implementation, they agreed to abolish the system. The Doosan Bears also lost 23 players in five second-round drafts.
The committee also decided to change the list of injured people. From next year, they will not be able to register for the first division until at least 10 days later if they are on the disabled list. Until this year, even if he was on the disabled list, he could return to the first division in less than 10 days. 안전놀이터 Some said that unlike the purpose of the system to give enough rest to injured players, there was a problem of bringing in injured players by exploiting the fact that they do not have to fill 10 days.