Jung Ho Kang unlikely to join Pirates this season
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang's appeal of a suspended eight-month prison sentence for DUI and fleeing the scene has been dismissed by the Seoul Central District Court.
Kang won't serve jail time in South Korea, but the decision by the court makes it incredibly difficult for him to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States. His lawyers have called the suspended prison term a potential "death sentence" for the 30-year-old's MLB career. Any return in 2017 seems highly improbable.
Kang slashed .255/.354/.513 with a .369 wOBA across 370 plate appearances (103 games) for the Pirates last season. He added 21 home runs and 62 RBI's with 2.2 wins above replacement.
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