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Orioles apologize for “unintentional breach of protocol” in signing 17-year-old Korean pitcher

Feb 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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Earlier this week, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) filed a complaint with MLB alleging that the Orioles broke protocol by signing 17-year-old left-hander Kim Seong-Min last month. The Korean Baseball Association (KBA), a separate organization, went a step further by banning Orioles’ scouts from attending local games. Well, tonight the Orioles responded.

Courtesy of Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette issued the following apology, via press release, to the KBO and KBA:

“On behalf of the Orioles organization, I offer a sincere apology to the Korea Baseball Organization and the Korea Baseball Association for the club’s unintentional breach of protocol in failing to tender a status check in the process of signing Seong-Min Kim. The Orioles respect Major League Baseball’s recruiting policies and the governing bodies and people that contribute to the growth of baseball around the world.”

I didn’t think it could get more embarrassing for the Orioles than their general manager search earlier this offseason, but we might have ourselves a new winner. This apology is better late than never, I suppose, but isn’t it a little curious they released this on a Friday night when a lot of folks (at least stateside) aren’t paying attention? This is what happens when you miss baseball and love a little conspiracy.

  1. mirmz - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Spring training couldn’t come sooner. Will someone help me freeze myself? The wait is becoming unbearable.

  2. farvefromover - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Korea smells like a pet shop

    • Bombolote - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Your mom’s pussy smells like my balls

  3. snowbirdgothic - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    All that’s missing is a reference to “spending more time with their family.

  4. seahawks80 - Feb 11, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    This whole orginazation is a joke, they should be banned from MLB

  5. JBerardi - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    God, they can’t even get bad signings right. Is there any question that the O’s are the now the most hopeless franchise in Baseball? They’ve got the highest bar to clear, they’ve got very little to build on, and they can’t even attract good front office talent because of their terrible ownership. Until this team is sold, I just don’t see any path forward for them.

    • dowhatifeellike - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Fans have been saying this for almost 10 years now. Angelos hires ‘yes men’ who will make a bunch of lateral personnel moves to appease the fans while priority #1 remains being profitable. Remember, Toronto’s assistant GM was interviewed twice for the GM job and decided to stay Toronto’s AGM.

      The problem now is that the team is so bad that no amount of money will get a decent player here even if Angelos does decide to spend some money. They’ll have to severely over pay to even be considered, or do as they’ve done the last 5 years and just sign guys nobody else wants.

      I follow the team closely and even I don’t understand some of the latest personnel moves. We let Luke Scott walk and sign Betemit to be our DH? Really? The guy has 63 homers in 9 seasons. Spring Training starts in 10 days. Who is going to play first base? Are we just going to roll with Robert Andino replacing Brian Roberts? Mark Reynolds is still our 3B after having one of the worse defensive seasons by anyone, ever?

      It’s just so discouraging. Duquette comes in and signs a bunch of guys who aren’t any better than what we have. Maybe we’ll find a few decent pitchers from the bunch (I think we have ~35 coming to spring training), but otherwise it’s the same crummy team with different names on the backs of the jerseys.

  6. Panda Claus - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Whether or not the O’s intentionally skirted the rules with the signing of this kid is debatable. Whether or not they mishandled the public perception fallout after Korea started crying foul is not. This hot potato got way too cold before they bothered trying to fix this mess.

  7. randomdigits - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    It can get more embarrassing all right. If KLaw’s source is correct and the kid comes stateside with his 83 MPH fastball and mediocre breaking ball.

    I hope after all this hassle the kid is at least a real prospect.

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