Agent for Korean Baseball Star Implies Racism in MLB Posting System

Agent for Korean Baseball Star Implies Racism in MLB Posting System

An agent for a Korean baseball star looking to make the leap into Major League Baseball intimated a racial bias among big-league clubs.

Alan Nero, attending the GM meetings in Phoenix,remarked that if his client were Cuban instead of Korean he would be fighting off nine-figure offers during MLB’s posting season that enables teams to put a price on the services of foreign players. Aware that young Cuban stars have received huge contracts, including Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes, Nero said of Jeong-ho Kang, “If he was Cuban, he’d get $100 million.”

Nero represents the 27-year-old Korean shortstop, who slammed 39 regular-season home runs, boasted 115 RBI, and sported a .354 batting average and .733 slugging percentage for Nexen of the KBO last year.

The Yasiel Puig effect might explain the Cuban-Korean disparity. Another factor influencing offers centers around history: more than one-hundred Cubans have competed in MLB. Major-league rosters have included a handful of Koreans–just two position players–over the last two decades.

Nero is probably also aware that the supposed price tag for Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas is $100 million. He pointed out his client’s versatility. The Korean star has played second base, third base, center field, and shortstop.


Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.