Let me quote Reuters.
South Korean officials have sent a letter of protest to Major League Baseball (MLB) accusing the Baltimore Orioles of breaking protocols in signing 17-year-old schoolboy pitcher Kim Seong-min.
The Korea Baseball Organisation (KBO) told Reuters on Tuesday they had demanded an explanation as to why they had not been informed discussions were taking place between the Orioles and Kim and that their MLB counterparts were examining the case.
Although there is nothing stopping foreign teams from signing Korean amateur players, the process needs to be done after making inquiries to the KBO first, the organization said.
Okay, so we did release a statement that we signed the kid. If it’s true and the Orioles did go around the KBO and actually sign Kim to a contract, then that needs to be patched up immediately, definitely. I’d love to see Korean baseball grow and I’d also love to see players from Korea become able to play all over the world. Both would be great for the sport. So what else do we have here?
“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.
…oh. Um, yeah, we kind of do that. We do that so much, in fact, that there are websites devoted to that sort of thing, like Perfect Game. And then there was this whole story about a kid who left high school early and attended a junior college so he could be drafted a year early. His name was Bryce Harper. Remember him? Scouting high school players is an art form in this country, too.
I can definitely understand the KBO being upset if MLB really did go behind their back on this one. Negotiations shouldn’t work out that way. However, when your spokesman makes a really ignorant statement like the one above…that kind of has to hurt your leverage, doesn’t it?