Thoughts on Kim
A few quick thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Orioles signing of 17-year-old Southern Korean pitcher Seong-Min Kim…
A league source confirmed that the Orioles had signed Kim without going through the proper channels mandated by MLB. The Korean Baseball Organization complained, and rightly so, that that the matter must go directly through MLB and were angered because they claim they were not informed of the Orioles’ talks with Kim until he signed. So, they do have grounds to be upset.
It’s unclear how this happened exactly, but it could have been a result of Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette being away from the game for so long. Thus the apology statement issued by Duquette last night.
MLB is still reviewing the complaint and hasn’t made public a decision or course of action, and there’s a chance they could fine the Orioles or institute other disciplinary action. There’s also about an equal chance that they take Duquette’s apology, in which he stated there was an “unintentional breach of protocol” at face value and try to mend things with the Korean Baseball Association. It’s unclear right now when and how this will all play out, but hopefully that sheds a little more light on what’s going on. It’s also equally unclear what will happen in terms of the KBA’s plan to ban Orioles’ scouts from attending amateur games in the future.