New Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to expand the O’s presence in foreign scouting markets, especially those in Asia. While Asian baseball hasn’t produced any real superstars other than Ichiro, more than a few serviceable major league players have come over to the United States from Japan, Korea, and other nations. So far already in his tenure, Duquette has brought in a couple Asian pitchers to camp, Wei-Yin Chen (Taiwan), and Tsuyoshi Wada (Japan).
Unfortunately, South Korea has went ahead and completely removed themselves from the O’s scouting plans, as seen in this sign, which is hung at at least one – and presumably all – baseball stadiums in the nation:
Well alrighty then.
The banning stems from a fracas back in February where the O’s apparently skirted some rules regarding their courting of a high school pitcher (one who, others have noted, no other MLB team was even showing an interest in).
Just another proud day to be a fan of the Baltimore Orioles.