Changes for the 2015 KBO Futures League

For those who have interest in the KBO League’s farm system, these are the changes you will see for the upcoming season.  For overall changes in professional baseball this year, take a look at my previous post.

 

Article VI, 54 – KBO Futures League Format
– Before change: Northern League – Doosan, KT, LG, Nexen, Police, SK; Southern League – Hanwha, KIA, Lotte, NC, Samsung, Sangmu.
– After change: Blue League – Doosan, KT, LG, Police; Red League – Hanwha, Hwaseong, NC, SK; Yellow League – KIA, Lotte, Samsung, Sangmu.

  • The KBO Futures League went through a realignment with the three leagues (divisions) representing the three colors on the KBO’s logo.  Hanwha’s farm system was located a bit too far from the other teams in the Southern League (South Korea is a small country.  Do not think in big country standards).  Meanwhile, NC’s second-tier ballclub will relocate 385 km (239 mi.) north to the city of Goyang, which would be another factor to trigger the realignment.  In terms of location, the Blue and Red Leagues will represent teams playing in East and West Gyeonggi-do (Hanwha’s farm club is in the west coast of Chuncheongnam-do though), while the Yellow League will be the Southern League in the past.

Article VI, 55 (1) – KBO Futures League Scheduling
– Before change: As a single-season format, each league shall be scheduled to play 288 games, and a league total of 576 games during each season.
① Northern League: 96 games per team (12 games each against every other team within the league, 6 games each against teams in the Southern League).
② Southern League: 96 games per team (12 games each against every other team within the league, 6 games each against teams in the Northern League).
– After change: As a single-season format, each team shall be scheduled to play 102 games, and a league total of 612 games during each season.
Blue League: 102 games per team (18 games each against every other team within the league, 6 games each against teams in other leagues).
② Red League: 102 games per team (18 games each against every other team within the league, 6 games each against teams in other leagues).
Yellow League: 102 games per team (18 games each against every other team within the league, 6 games each against teams in other leagues).

  • The KBO’s farm system will be playing more games as well.  Another big difference beginning this season would be the absence of the Goyang Wonders.  The Wonders were disbanded at the end of last season due to complicated issues.  However, the league will have exhibition games against the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ third-tier (三軍) team.

Article VI, 56(2) – KBO Futures League Scheduling
– Before change: Postponed games due to inclement weather or other reasons shall be determined as the following:
*Interleague and exhibition games shall not be re-scheduled.
① The game may be re-scheduled on the following day when both teams are not scheduled to play;
② The game may be played as a doubleheader on the following day;
③ The doubleheader shall be scheduled on the second day of the series (on game day if it is not a series);
④ Subject to the provisions of 56(2)①, one team shall only play one doubleheader per week; or
⑤ In other cases, the Commissioner makes the judgment.
– After change: All postponed intraleague and interleague games, not including exhibition games, due to inclement weather or other reasons shall be re-scheduled.

  • Just like the KBO League, the KBO Futures League will be having make-up games once the official schedule has been completed at the end of the season.  This rule has constantly changed according to the situation of each year.

Article VI, 64(4) – KBO Futures League Eligibility
– Before change: Each KBO Club that participates in the KBO Futures League may establish an active roster of no more than 26 players.  However, taking a player on or off the active roster is done through convention, and may be applied 90 minutes before each game.
– After change: Each KBO Club that participates in the KBO Futures League may establish an active roster of no more than 26 players.  However, taking a player on or off the active roster is done through convention, and may be applied 30 minutes before each game in an inevitable situation under the agreement of the opposing team.

  • All sorts of incidents happen in the Futures League.  The managers would love to have that extra flexibility.

Article VI, 68 – KBO Futures League Game Time
– Before change: ① All games: 13:00.
② Moving day or if necessary: 11:00.
③ Any change in time or venue during mid-summer (July-August) or due to park conditions must be notified to the KBO for approval seven days before the corresponding game.
– After change: ① All games: 13:00.
② Any change in time or venue due to broadcast or for the benefit of the fans must be notified to the KBO for approval 15 days before the corresponding game.

  • Due to the realignment, traveling time has been minimized.  Therefore, every single game will be scheduled to start at 1:00 pm.

Article VI, 73 – KBO Futures League Awards
– Before change: Awards shall be given to each of the league’s leaders in batting, home runs, runs batted in, earned run average, and victories.
– After change: Awards shall be given to the leaders in batting, home runs, runs batted in, earned run average, and victories.

  • Budget issues, perhaps?  Shouldn’t Futures League players be provided with more encouragement and motivation?

 

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