Jung-Ho Kang sentenced in DUI case

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Kang to eight months in prison, which is to be suspended for two years, for leaving the scene of a DUI accident in Seoul on December 2. It's unclear what conditions he'll be facing, but there's a good chance Kang will be able to avoid jail time as long as he doesn't violate his terms.

Mr. Kang missed the start of Pirates spring training last month because he had to remain in Korea for his February 22 trial and sentencing Thursday night, Friday morning in Korea. Now that we know his fate, Kang can be safely drafted in all formats.

Police say Kang was drunk last December when he wrecked his vehicle in Seoul. In two years, he has posted a.273 batting average with 36 home runs and 120 RBI in 229 games. Mr. Kang received a work visa and played for the Pirates in 2015 and this year after two previous DUI arrests in Korea.

A friend of Kang also attended the court hearing last month after being charged for falsely telling police that he, not Kang, was driving the vehicle. Kang had a blood alcohol content of 0.084. The offense was Kang's third DUI.

Neither the Pirates nor the league office have announced additional discipline for Kang. He is expected to participate in an alcohol treatment program to mitigate discipline by the Pirates or Major League Baseball.

  • Julie Sanders