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CCTV in Cheongju brings another controversy

In the game between the Hanwha Eagles and Kia Tigers at Cheongju Baseball Stadium last Wednesday, Tigers manager Kim Ki-tae brought umpires to the team’s dugout at the bottom of the fourth inning.

Kim complained that CCTV monitors installed inside the dugout could be used to steal the signals used by players and managers to communicate during a game and asked that the monitor be turned off.

At Cheongju Baseball Stadium, the secondary home stadium of the Eagles, there are three monitors at each side of the dugout. Two of them are used to check the bullpen situation, but it was the third which bothered Kim.

Two years ago, the stadium underwent a renovation to expand the seat capacity, but the change interrupted the outfield view from the dugout. To solve this, the city of Cheongju, North Chungcheong, later installed CCTV cameras in each dugout.

Kim claimed the CCTV cameras can zoom into the opponent’s bench and monitor communications. The umpires accepted his appeal and turned the monitor off.

Since the monitors were installed, there have been 10 games at Cheongju Baseball Stadium.

Fans later suspected the Eagles were taking advantage of the CCTV monitors when playing at Cheongju, but Eagles manager Kim Sung-keun refuted the claim because, he said, the same cameras are installed at the opponent’s bench.

The KBO later ordered that CCTV should not be used inside the dugouts at Cheongju.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [joo.kyungdon@joongang.co.kr]

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