Pitch count limits have been set for the World Baseball Classic in March of next year, a baseball official here said Wednesday.
"The number of pitches per game by a pitcher will be 65 in the first round, 80 in the second round, and 95 in the semifinals and the final," the official with the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said, adding that officials from participating countries recently held a meeting in the U.S. to agree on the figures.
These limits are the same as the inaugural WBC from 2006, and down from the 2009 tournament, when the caps were 70 in the first round, 85 in the second round and 100 in the semifinals and the final.
The 2013 event will take place from March 2 to 19.
The WBC, which has been held before starts of professional seasons in participating countries, has been limiting pitch counts to protect pitchers.
In addition to the hard caps, a pitcher who throws more than 50 pitches in a game must sit out for four days. Those who throw between 30 and 50 pitches are not eligible to pitch on the following day.
Also, pitchers who appear in a game for two straight days will not be allowed to come into the game for a third day.
According to the KBO official, video replay will be used to determine home run calls.
Should countries remain tied after 12 innings, each half inning afterward will begin with runners on first and second.
The deadline to submit a final roster of 28 players is Feb. 20, 2013, according to the official.
Korea, which finished as a runner-up in 2009, has been paired with the Netherlands, Australia and Taiwan in Pool B in the opening round. Their games will be played at Taichung International Baseball Stadium in Taiwan.
Pool A features Japan, China, Cuba and Brazil. Pool C has Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain. Pool D includes the U.S., Mexico, Italy and Canada.
Pool A teams will play in Fukuoka, Japan. Pool C teams will be in action in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Pool D nations will face each other in Phoenix, Arizona.
In the double-elimination second round, the top two teams from Pool A will face the top two from Pool B at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, from March 8 to 12. The first two seeds from Pool C and Pool D will square off on the other side of the bracket at Marlins Park, the home of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins in Florida, from March 12 to 16.
The semifinals and the final will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the home of the 2012 World Series champion, the San Francisco Giants.
Korea is scheduled to open the two-week training camp on Feb. 12 in Taiwan, but it will likely do so with a decimated roster missing up to three key left-handers and the country's only MLB player, Choo Shin-soo of the Cleveland Indians. (Yonhap)