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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