Jung Ho Kang Ends KBO Comeback Try
Former Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang had been hoping to make an expert comeback in his native Korea, however he has ended that try, Jeehoo Yoo of Yonhap Information experiences. It’s unclear whether or not Kang will attempt to play once more exterior of the Korea Baseball Group.
The Kiwoom Heroes maintain the KBO rights over the 33-year-old Kang, who performed for the membership from 2010-14. Kang was profitable sufficient in his homeland to earn a assured contract from Pittsburgh, which signed him to a four-year, $11MM pact previous to the 2015 season. It appeared like a sensible funding for a short while, as Kang slashed a terrific .273/.355/.483 (129 wRC+) with 36 house runs and 5.eight fWAR in 837 plate appearances throughout his first two years within the majors. Nonetheless, important off-field issues – ones which have largely centered on points with alcohol – have been an unlucky a part of the package deal.
Kang has picked up three DUI arrests, together with one earlier than the 2017 season that stopped him from securing a piece visa to return from South Korea. He missed that yr and virtually all of 2018 in consequence, and whereas Kang did return to the Pirates final season, he solely hit .169/.222/.395 (55 wRC+) throughout 185 journeys to the plate. Consequently, the Pirates determined to launch him in August.
The chances are high that Kang won’t ever play within the majors once more, and it now not seems he’ll swimsuit up within the KBO once more. The league issued him a one-year suspension again in Could, however that ban gained’t take impact till Kang indicators with one among its groups (if he does). Though the Heroes have his rights, he’s not really a member of the workforce.