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Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:09 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:24 pm
 
The Orioles usually upset their own fans by not being aggressive enough, or not spending money.

Now they've found their way into something of an international incident with a very aggressive signing.

According to Korea's Yonhap News Agency, the Korean Baseball Association announced Thursday that it will ban Orioles scouts from attending games, after the team signed 17-year-old pitcher Kim Seong-min for a reported $550,000. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is looking into the signing, after a request from the Korean Baseball Organization, which runs professional baseball in that country.

The KBA objected to the signing, because Kim was not yet in his final year of high school. The association also said that any other teams signing players that young would also be banned from scouting in the country.

The KBO was upset enough that secretary general Yang Hae-Young referred to "hegemonic rookie signings" in an interview with Yonhap.

The Kim signing has stirred emotions in Korea, where some people feel that even if the Orioles didn't break any rules -- it appears that they didn't -- they may have broken with accepted procedure and/or offended some sensibilities.

Unlike in Japan, where most players have come to American baseball through the Japanese professional system, quite a few Koreans have signed with major-league teams direct from the amateur ranks. Neither Hee-Seop Choi and Byung-Hyun Kim, for example, played professional baseball in Korea before coming to MLB, although both played in Korea after their major-league careers ended.

Choi and Byung-Hyun Kim, though, were both older than the pitcher the Orioles signed. According to reports from Korea, Kim Seong-Min is just the second player signed by an MLB at such a young age (the first was a player the Braves signed in 1997).

The influx of players from Asia has always been complicated, because of concerns in the home countries about the effect on their local leagues. The issue is whether taking the top players to major-league organizations would harm the leagues and development systems left behind, and whether fans in those countries would simply watch major-league games on television rather than support the local game.

It's no surprise that the Orioles are in the middle of it, because new Orioles general manager Dan Duquette hired longtime scout Ray Poitevint, who is known for his aggressive style in signing Asian players.

The Orioles expect Kim Seong-Min to report to their minor-league camp this spring in Florida.




Comments

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

I say F Korea. If it was not for the USA they would be under communist rule.They think they can hold back their talented youngsters and not allow them to come play in the US until they play in Korea's professional leagues? Up theirs!



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Yuk, yuk, yuk....Hey Moe!!!!  I'm goina moida you, whoop, whoop whoop. 

Come on. The Orioles haven't been rivals of the Yankees, Red Sox or anyone else since the turn of the century.  Now they are attempting to develop a rivalry with the new 3 Stooges Movie.  Dan Duquette, the Orioles GM and Red Sox honcho during the Bambino cursed days, doesn't understand that his Moe days of saying pick two are over.  The Orioles are banned from South Korea!? Lovely.  

CBSSports is kind to say this is a result of aggressive signing of 17 year old Korean pitcher Kim Seong-min.  I guess Duquette has the philosophy of "rules are for losers".  Mr. Dan "Do you know who I am" Duquette has pulled a Moe.  And, yes he's just another in a long line of Angelos' stooges.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Really? They are really mad because he is ONLY 17? Or is it that they are mad that so many of their players are figuring out how to come here without holding up their new team for a posting fee? The Orioles have done nothing against the rules. It is of course their prerogitive to not let Orioles scouts go to games, but they can't keep them from negotiating with their FA or non signed players, and with the internet what it is, do you really need to go there to tell if a guy can play? His stats and films of his games are all over the place. Not to mention if other teams are pursuing certain players, then you can figure the guy can play a little. This is rediculous. The Orioles scouted this kid for a year and nobody said a word. 

I do think he should have to finish HS before playing pro ball, but he can do that here just as easy. The real question to me is what do his parents say? If they are OK with it then what the hell does anyone else have to say about it. In this country I don't even think his contract is legal without their consent. 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Can you say that the Orioles are in "deep kimchi" on this? The next time the Orioles send a scout to South Korea, I would highly recommend they send Cal Ripken,Jr.. That would settle the matter very quickly. Nuff' said.




Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Whos in better shape to win one now tho Theo is like God the O's are in Koren trying to scrape up nothing while were putting the orginazation together from the bottom up the Red Sox are idots.

What's an idot?



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Whos in better shape to win one now tho Theo is like God the O's are in Koren trying to scrape up nothing while were putting the orginazation together from the bottom up the Red Sox are idots



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Hey Cubbiesfan - from this CASUAL baseball fan to you - Mind your own yard aye? Mind telling me when your Cubs LAST WON it all?
Zip it!




Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

 Okay, so maybe we should ban their cars here?



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

Go O's! Anything legal to help our pitching staff sounds good to me. In fact, I'm ok w/ spitballs too (if it was good enough for Niekro and Perry!).




Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Orioles scouts banned in Korea after signing

True that man this man will be making bank the government in these contries are just horrible



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