Since you are so good at Googling, you might as well have checked to see if “unspoken protocols” is a phrase in common usage.
Comment by jeff_bonds — February 16, 2012 @ 11:38 am
g’day to you too, Casey
Comment by Always Sunny in CP — February 16, 2012 @ 11:55 am
Minor correction: You wrote “KOB” in the second paragraph and it should be “KBO”.
They’re what, the 3rd best league in the world (after MLB and NPB)? The sport is doing so well there that the league is adding at least one expansion team in the near future. I witnessed their national team embarrass the US team of All-Stars in the ’06 WBC. Personally, I think they’ve earned the right to have control over their domestic talent. If we want baseball to continue to grow internationally, we’re going to need strong national leagues like NPB and KBO to support that growth.
Are you sure about this: “Yet this signing hoopla is about an unofficial rule: You don’t take amateur talent from East Asia (or at least Japan and South Korea).”
Teams sign amateur talent from Korea every year. The M’s signed Shin-Soo Choo and his high school teammate Cha-Seung Baek back in 1998. They signed Seon-Gi Kim in 2009. There’s no basis for assuming that Korean high-schoolers are somehow “off limits.” The Orioles clearly broke some sort of rule, but merely offering a contract to this kid probably isn’t the issue, I don’t think.
Maybe this kid has a lot of potential so the KBO really wants to get him. Once he is in their system their free agent rules completely strip away all leverage the players have. Who knows? Has there been an Internet petition in Korea demanding that the kid commit suicide for signing with Baltimore over the KBO? Pretty soon it will be widely known that if you fall asleep with an Orioles hat on you will die.
Isn’t that functionally the same thing? “Sorry, Mister Scout. We’re not saying you can’t come here, we’re just saying you can’t come here and do your job.”
Comment by Johnny Slick — February 16, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
The issue they that the KBO is mad over is that they signed a kid who has not graduated high school yet.
MLB clubs are allowed to sign amateur players who are in their graduating year, who then join the minor league system after graduating.
The system for the KBO is to include those players in the draft and teams are allowed to pick them. The team that picks a player who has chosen to go to the US, has the rights to that player should he ever return and decide to play in Korea.
I assume they don’t like losing some of their more talented high school prospects but the system is set up that way and works fine because some players decide to reject MLB offers and play in the KBO.
I dont really like the tone of this article. It seems a bit condescending in the way it portrays Korea and the KBO. Sorta like, MLB signed one of their better young prospects and they are complaining and throwing a fit to keep him.