Will Yoder
Friday February 10th, 2012

The Korea Baseball Association (KBA), the South Korean governing body of baseball, has banned Baltimore Orioles scouts from attending all local games, according to NBC Sports.

The KBA announced Thursday it has informed the MLB commissioner’s office and the Orioles organization that Orioles scouts are no longer allowed to attend local games, after the MLB team signed 17-year-old left-handed pitcher Kim Seong-min who was about to enter his final year in high school.

The KBA also warned other MLB teams that they will be banned from KBA-sanctioned games if they sign Korean student athletes not in the final years of their schools. The KBA prohibits Korean players from contacting local or foreign baseball teams before their final years of school, either at high school or university.   The 17-year-old Seong-min was also banned from playing and coaching in South Korea after he agreed to sign a $550,000 contract with the Orioles.

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