Changes to the KBO for the 2023 season.

The KBO has made a number of changes that will have an impact on their 2023 season and in some cases prior to 2023. Below are a list of those changes.

1) A salary cap. It will be set at 120 percent of the average salary of the top 40 highest paid players, excluding rookies and foreign players. Salaries will be used from the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Teams exceeding the cap will be fined and have their first round draft pick drop by nine positions from the following year.

2) Service time reductions. They will be lessoned by one year, eight years for those drafted out of high school and seven years for those drafted out of college.

3) Minimum wage increase. The minimum wage will be increased from 27 million won to 30 million won (around $25,000)

4) All three foreign players can play in same game. Starting the 2020 season all foreign players can play in the same game. The KBO allows a maximum of three foreign players per roster (usually two pitchers and one hitter). Previously, if a position player was in the lineup and a foreign player was pitching the second pitcher or position player could not play in the game. There will also be a $4 million cap to compensate all three foreign players. Beginning in the 2023 seasons teams can add an additional two foreign players (one pitcher and one position player) to their minor league teams. The annual salary for these minor league players may no exceed $300,000.

5) Injured list to be introduced. The KBO will adopt three injured lists of 10, 15 and 30 days.

6) Positioning cards can be used. Wrist bands or index cards can be used to determine where a player is to play for a specific batter. In the past only outfielders were allowed to use positioning cards.

7) Breaking first place ties. If two teams are tied for first place they will play a one game playoff to determine winner. If three or more teams are tied then head to head record will be used.

8) Seven game series formats. Instead of the 2-3-2 format the KBO will use the 2-2-3 format, with the last three games

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