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Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:26 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 8:50 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball will void the Orioles' contract with 17-year-old Korean pitcher Seong-Min Kim, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports.

The Korean Baseball Association announced last week it had banned Orioles scouts from attending games in the country after it felt like the Orioles had broken an agreement not to sign players that young.

The Orioles later issued an apology, claiming ignorance of the "breach of protocol."

The Orioles singed Kim to a minor-league contract on Jan. 30 that reportedly included a $550,000 bonus. The Korean Baseball Organization said the Orioles didn't contact MLB first to receive clearance from the KBO to begin negotiations.

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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:57 am
 

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

Crispyone,  Great point.  When was the last time you heard of an issue with talking to the Dominican kid and being signed by the Yankees or Red Sox?  Baseball needs to get better control of the international signings.  It makes not sense that they don't enter the draft, just like every other major sport.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:45 am
 

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

I am truly shocked that the Baltimore Orioles and Buck Showalters would attempt to mine the Korean Baseball league, I expected a move like this to be more on the line of something that would be carried out by Bobby Valentine and the Red Soxs (Bobby has spent a lot of time in the Pacific).  I really laughed when the Orioles organization pretended to be ignorant of the protocol regarding the signing of international player, maybe they should have consulted with Kim Ng – Kim Ng is Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations, overseeing all international baseball operations.

The Orioles attempted to do in Korea what MLB has done in the Caribbean Countries for decades, get a jump on the competition, sign them while they are really young and develope them and by the time they turn 21 bring them up to the big league and see what you got.  The Orioles should be fined and banned for a period of time, just to send message to the other MLB teams.   



Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:44 am
 

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

see. here lies the problem with baseball.... i live in a small town ok.. there's thousands of small towns in this country. in these small towns there is always a standout athlete. the basketball, football, baseball.star. for whatever reason scouts do not pay attention to these athletes.. my point is, there are 200 similar athletes in our own back yard....... give an american the american dream.....



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:40 am
 

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

When this whole thing started I just shook my head.  The O's just don't get it.  They haven't since Peter Angelos bought the team for $193 mil.  I knew the O's may be in trouble when Angelos proclaimed his son knew as much about baseball as many MLB execs due to being a wiz at fantasy baseball.  Things seemed to start off ok. Pat Gillick and Davey Johnson put together a nice two year run. Then they got Angelosed.  But I digress.

When the news came out about the Korean Baseball Organization barring the O's scouts due to signing 17 year old Seong-Min Kim it was just another laughable moment courtacy of MLB's biggest joke franchise.   Dan Duquette, new VP and GM forgot he wasn't back in the 20th century and acted like he could do whatever he wanted with his "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" attitude. 

This is just one more bad joke on the fans of the Orioles.  Adam Jones signed a one year deal so he could get out of Dodge after the season.  He wouldn't sign up for any additional years.  Do you blame him.  Until the Orioles are owned by someone not named Angelos the cruel jokes keep coming. 

One of my favorite Orioles was left handed Cy Young winner, Mike Flannagan.  I had met him five or six times when he was the color analyist for HTS/CSN.  He was a nice person with a good baseball mind.  He cared about the O's.  Flanny took his own life because he couldn't bare the shame of the status of his beloved organization that had practices the "Orioles Way" from the team's inception until Angelos purchased the club.

All a person can do is shake their heads and say Ain't it ashame.



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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:48 am
 

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

Now watch....six months from now he'll end up signing with the Yankees or Red Sox because they received "proper clearance".


Proper clearance = Bribing the right people

The Orioles mistake was thinking they could sign this kid without greasing the palms of the right Korean officials.   


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Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:17 am
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Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:47 pm
 

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

Wow.  It's just amazing how stupid some of you are.  Have any of you braniacs ever thought about the fact that MLB is dealing with another country, with different values, customs, expectations, etc?  This is exactly why so many 'countries' hate us... idiots who think that the entire universe revolves around America's values, or lack-thereof.  You're the same idiots who have elevated high-school football players to 'ESPN-status'.


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