KBO board says no to a 10th team in league

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KBO board says no to a 10th team in league

The Korea Baseball Organization yesterday decided not to create a 10th professional team, at least for the time being.

Representatives of the eight KBO teams and league officials, including Commissioner Koo Bon-neung, held a special board meeting yesterday and concluded that the conditions are not ripe to add another team to the domestic league.

Last month, the KBO board approved the NC Dinos to join the first division beginning next year.

Expectations were high for the creation of the 10th team after the KBO decided to hold yesterday’s special board meeting. Some of the baseball teams, however, refused to budge from their opposition, according to sources.

The lack of quality players was cited as the biggest concern behind creating a 10th team, the KBO said.

“If we push ahead with the creation of a 10th team without sufficient preparation, we could have a problem in the supply of players given that there are only 53 high school baseball teams,” the KBO said in a statement issued after the meeting.

“We are concerned over the decline in the quality of professional baseball as a result.”

The KBO said it will create 20 more high school baseball teams and 30 middle school teams over the course of 10 years to help supply more baseball players to the league.

joe@joongang.co.kr

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