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6.19.2007

yankees sign two chinese players

The New York Yankees have announced that they've signed two players—left-handed pitcher Kai Liu and catcher Zhenwang Zhang—to Minor League contracts, with approval from the Chinese Baseball Association: Yankees sign two Chinese prospects. I believe this would make them the first baseball players from mainland China. I'm kind of surprised that they didn't make the effort to sign Chinese players a lot sooner. The Major League obviously realizes that there's big money to be made in a country of 1.3 billion, and it would be beneficial and lucrative to grow the game overseas, along the lines of the NBA's Yao Ming.