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savafan
02-09-2012, 01:58 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/8590096/34771062


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.

KronoRed
02-09-2012, 04:03 PM
Once again, lets have a World wide draft.

Vottomatic
02-09-2012, 05:32 PM
I hope they don't decide to nuke us over this. :D

_Sir_Charles_
02-09-2012, 06:22 PM
I hope they don't decide to nuke us over this. :D

I think that would depend upon the quality of the prospect. ;)

dougdirt
02-09-2012, 06:23 PM
Once again, lets have a World wide draft.

They want to. It is far too difficult to implement at this point in time though.

RedlegJake
02-10-2012, 03:44 AM
It should not be too hard for MLB to agree NOT to sign kids in nations like Korea before they graduate HS, though. South Korea is not the Caribbean.

Chip R
02-10-2012, 09:24 AM
I hope, for the sake of the Orioles, that that kid was worth it.

dougdirt
02-10-2012, 10:03 AM
It should not be too hard for MLB to agree NOT to sign kids in nations like Korea before they graduate HS, though. South Korea is not the Caribbean.

If Korea wanted it to be that way, it would be. But that isn't the rule right now.

The sticking point comes into play here because the kid was certainly old enough to be "in his final year of high school", but for whatever reason, he wasn't actually there yet.

RedlegJake
02-10-2012, 11:56 AM
If Korea wanted it to be that way, it would be. But that isn't the rule right now.

The sticking point comes into play here because the kid was certainly old enough to be "in his final year of high school", but for whatever reason, he wasn't actually there yet.

MLB should be proactive here - it should not be too hard to see the landmines ahead of them in countries like South Korea in situations like this and then act accordingly - for kids under a certain age for instance, require MLB to give an OK before the signing can go through - once a team tenders an offer to the MLB office that team has "dibs" at least until a decision is made. That way MLB could "feel out" the situation first and be sure they don;t overstep bounds. Too much at stake and they don't want to end up with Korea setting up a stranglehold system like Japan's.

reds1869
02-10-2012, 12:49 PM
If the IBAF had some regulatory teeth a stop could be out to this. Unfortunately MLB is the tail that wags the dog of international baseball.