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The Korean Baseball Organization is not pleased with the Orioles

Feb 7, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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The Korean Baseball Organization has sent a letter of protest to Major League Baseball complaining about the Baltimore Orioles signing a 17 year-old high school pitcher named Kim Seong-min. They refer to the Orioles as “poaching” amateur talent and, in turn, harming Korean baseball.

This is kind of strange for two reasons.

First: Based on the article this seems to be more of an unwritten rule violation than an actual violation of any U.S-South Korea protocols when it comes to baseball talent.  It has happened before. In this instance, however, the KBO is displeased that it was not contacted first.

Second: It’s strange because it has to represent the first time in decades that the Orioles could reasonably be accused of being aggressive in signing young talent of any kind.

  1. bleedpurplenblack - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    If the KBO truly understood just how much of a joke the Orioles Organization is, then this wouldn’t be an issue.

    • Cris E - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      If they truly anything about the Orioles organization, this signing might be grounds for a hard review of their own scouting. Any time you find yourself in agreement with the O’s it’s maybe worth your time to take a second look. *rimshot*

      Seriously, the guy from Korea seems a bit out of touch. From the article:
      The KBO were furious about an MLB team poaching the country’s young talent. “Scouting a high school student is something that the MLB doesn’t do to players of their own country,” said Park, refusing to comment on Duquette’s statement.

  2. kiwicricket - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    The Orioles are no ‘poachers’ of amateur talent, they seem to be vast, uncontrollable hoarders of it. Just look at their MLB roster

  3. Panda Claus - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Great. As an O’s fan the level of ridicule for my team has now gone multi-continental. Bring it on, I guess. This is feeling like 1988 all over again.

  4. Detroit Michael - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    The Korean Baseball Organization also has scant knowledge of U.S. anti-trust law seemingly.

    • CJ - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      Seemingly you forget that Korea is not a part of the US and therefore not subject to US Anti Trust law. Moreever, not even MLB is subject to US anti-trust law as they have a well publicized exemption.

      Seemingly, your knowledge of US anti-trust law in relation to this case is more scant that you think it is.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I keep seeing KBO and I keep reading Kuiper Belt Object…

  6. RedHeadedBastard - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Baltimore is also not pleased with The Orioles.

  7. patg1041 - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    It’s nice to see Dan Duquette’s fetish for Asian players is still as strong as ever.

  8. pisano - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    If the KBO is upset with the O’s, how do you think the poor O’s fans feel?

  9. CJ - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    KBO shouldn’t be too bummed though. If the O’s like him, odds are he won’t pan out anyway.

  10. dowhatifeellike - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I heard about the signing on Twitter a few weeks ago and it sounds like the Koreans aren’t going to miss him. Word was the kid throws 82-84 and doesn’t have a good breaking ball. There’s no need to go to South Korea for that kind of “talent”.

  11. raven410 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    So sad.

  12. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    If the kids can sign anywhere they want, let em. Sounds like Korea may need to step it up.

  13. cereal blogger - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Dear Korea, its called free will. Look into it

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