Jung Ho Kang went to trial Friday morning in Seoul and received an 8-month sentence, suspended for two years, for his third DUI change, which occurred back in December. According to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News, Kang is now able to join the Pittsburgh Pirates in Spring Training. Assuming he joins the team immediately, he still has four weeks to get ready before the start of the season.

It’s still possible that Kang could be punished by Major League Baseball. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark was asked about a possible punishment for Kang last month, but refused to make any statement on that matter until the trial was over. We will update this article in the Pirates make any announcements or statements regarding Kang’s status.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Great news. I don’t hate on guys like this, he made a major mistake and has admitted it. Nobody was hurt. The Pirates desperately need him in the lineup for a whole season. I tend to think that a healthy and happy Jung Ho could hit 35+ homeruns and we need that production. His tear at the end of the year was great. Good luck Kang!

  2. Good news that he can join camp now. This team needs his bat in the lineup. Hopefully this is a wake up call for him and he straightens his ass up. He obviously puts in his work on the field, now needs to off the field as well. As a fan I hope there’s no suspension but wouldn’t be surprised if he receives one. Time to put this behind him and start mashing some baseballs.

    • I believe a suspended 2 year sentence means he is on probation for two years. If he violates probation he could have to serve 8 months.

    • There is no guarantee he can join camp anytime soon. He could have problems getting a visa. By no means is he guaranteed a visa even if the court case has been settled.

      • Good point, but if South Korea has not limited his travel outside of their country, I doubt the US would want to get into that jackpot.

  3. So in two years he has to serve an 8 month prison sentence? Is that correct? Or is it 8 months of something else?

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