The Pittsburgh Pirates signed an 18-year-old pitcher from China yesterday, who was the first pitcher signed out of MLB's Development Center in China. The reactions to the signing yesterday were overwhelmingly negative around the internet. That's surprising and disappointing because it makes zero sense to react negatively to his signing.
There seems to be negativity attached to being the first team to sign a player from a country and it's really surfaced after two players became the first players from their country to make it to the Major Leagues. There's the first thing that makes no sense. They signed Major League players, who cares where they are from if they made it to the majors? Gift Ngoepe signed for $15,000, which is a minimal outlay to get a big league player signed. The MLB dra...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.