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South Korea has banned the Orioles

Feb 9, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

Orioles cap

Remember how the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) got mad at the Orioles for signing that 17 year-old kid?  Yeah, that’s a bannin’:

The South Korean governing body of baseball has banned scouts from the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball (MLB) from attending local games, after the Orioles signed a teenage pitcher in a controversial move.

The Korea Baseball Association (KBA) announced Thursday it has informed the MLB commissioner’s office and the Orioles of its decision, saying scouts from all major league teams in the future signing Korean student athletes not in the final years of their schools will be banned from KBA-sanctioned games.

This action by the KBA is separate from what the KBO did in issuing a formal protest to MLB.

Way to go, Baltimore. You’ve been kicked out of an entire country.  All for a 17 year-old who probably profiles as a relief pitcher one day.

  1. yankeesgameday - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    First Kim jung il, now the orioles. The South Koreans are taking care of the family business today. Moe Green better watch out.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Kim Jung Il was North Korean, and the South Koreans had nothing to do with his death.

      I’m kind of confused as to what your point is?

      • istillbelieveinblue - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        His point was a joke. Have you never seen “The Godfather”? #llightenup

      • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        Yeah, I’ve seen it. Got it sitting on the shelf. I don’t remember too many references to Koreans, but maybe I’m just losing my memory.

        Using movie quotes is fine. I’ve done it myself. But if they don’t actually apply to the real-life situation you’re discussing, then it’s just a ridiculous statement.

        And I have the right to question it’s relevance to the discussion.

        With the guy who actually made the statement, not someone who wants to show he’s smart enough to communicate in Twitter-ese, but not in the real world.

        I could lighten up. You could get a clue.

      • yankeesgameday - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        No, really you just need to gigantically lighten up.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        So you don’t know what your point was either?

  2. lyon810 - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Ya Banned!

  3. El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I, for one, find this humor in this. Baltimore can only do one thing right, which is making the perfect setting for an HBO drama.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Hey now, Homicide was a great show too….

  4. deathmonkey41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    North America should ban the Orioles too.

    • kopy - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Or just the United States.

      les Orioles de Montréal

      • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        You got rid of Scrooge McLoria; now you want to replace him with Peter Angelos???

        Sacre bleu!

  5. CJ - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    In a few years the KBO/KBA will be begging Baltimore to come back and poach more of their marginal prospects.

  6. CJ - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Breaking news: Baltimore has seceeded from the US and aligned with South Korea. KBA sues the Orioles to “get off my lawn”. More at 11.

    • cur68 - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      There it is! I was wondering what it was about how the KBO was acting that struck me as familiar. They’re doin’ a full Eastwood inGrand Torino! Thanks CJ, that was buggin’ me (actually it wasn’t, but what the heck, I appreciate the aptness just the same). Next up, which Eastwood movie best defines Wakefield’s “option weighing”?

      • lanflfan - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        Tim Wakefield has to ask himself a question: Does he feel lucky?

        And for Rich Harden: A man’s got to know his limitations.

      • Gamera the Brave - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Wakefield’s Eastwood-ian thought…
        “Do I wanna get busy livin’, or do I wanna get busy dyin?…”
        -The Outlaw Josey Wales

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Deserves got nuthin’ to do with it!

  7. Panda Claus - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Somebody in Korea didn’t get their share of the pie and now they’re taking it out on the Orioles.

    • CJ - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Somebody in Korea didn’t get their share of the cakeand now they’re taking it out on the Orioles.


  8. atworkident - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    That’s like getting banned from after school detention. You didn’t really want to end up there in the first place and there are about 101 better places to be anyway.

  9. The Common Man - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Dan Duquette, ladies and gentlemen. How great it is to have him back in the Majors!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      It’s South Korea’s fault for not having more preventative measures and not a posting system or anything. I stand by what Dan did.

  10. Jonny 5 - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    No soup for you!!!

    • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      And if you’re late, you don’t get fruit cup either.

  11. yettyskills - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    What a joke of an organization, all this bad press for a a guy who might not even see the majors.

    Stay classy

  12. Chris K - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Maybe I’m ignorant, but how would they know who the O’s scout is? White guy who watches lots of games and has a note pad?

  13. QuothTheRaven - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    OHHHH NOOOOO the O’s are banned from South Korea. Wasn’t even aware South Korea knew what baseball was until this little horseshit non-story

    • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Like I said back on the Brad Penny thread, just take the fast ferry from Fukuoka to Inchon and infiltrate the country disguised as an English teacher on a one game contract.

      And while you’re at it, bring me back a kimchee recipe that doesn’t taste like rancid cole slaw.

  14. bouwel92 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    wow thats retarded shouldnt they be proud that there country has a 17 year old kid that the mlb wants proves he has skills why would you ban the orioles o yea i forgot there koreans makes sense

    • cur68 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      This is the most ironical comment in the history of ironical comments. Well done sir.

  15. seahawks80 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    MlB banned the Orioles a long time ago didnt they?

    • Bryz - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Men In Black banned the Orioles?

  16. - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    South Korea do NOT agree to arbitration with the Orioles.

  17. brewcrewbombers - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    If ever there was an opportunity presented for a “SMH” moment….this is it. Yes The Orioles “poached” a 17 years old from Korea….GTFO. Korean baseball is somewhat of a joke anyways. Thats like an Egyptian Hockey team….

  18. cyanocittacristata - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    That pitcher Kim Seong-min might also get “special treatment” on doing his military service time in S.Korea – after he potentially makes the MLB roster. No exclusion for him.

    Good work OriLOLs…smart!

  19. HitsDingers - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I wonder what would happen if MLB just said fine, no team can sign anyone out of S Korea, those guys need to get residency in the Dominican first (a la Cuban defectors)?

    I have a feeling that S Korea would take it as a big win until they realized it cost them money (a la Puerto Rico… totally different situation, but same idea).

  20. realgone2 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    No more fine imported Bul Go Gi at Camden Yards

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