Jung Ho Kang To Rejoin Pirates

The Third Baseman Receives A U.S. Work Visa

Eric Hagman
April 26, 2018 - 4:03 pm
Jung Ho Kang

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - Jung Ho Kang's baseball exile will soon be over.  Unable to enter the United States after a third drunk-driving conviction in  Korea in 2017, Kang has been granted a work visa by the U.S. government.  He has re-entered the country and will rejoin the Pirates organization, according to the team.

The details were announced in a release by Pirates president Frank Coonelly:

"After a lengthy process, we are pleased that Jung Ho has been allowed to re-enter the United States.  We are encouraged by the steps that Jung Ho has taken to date and are hopeful that having the game he loves taken away from him for more than a year has driven home the reality that he must make better life decisions as we move forward together. As we have communicated to him throughout the process, we will work to provide Jung Ho with the resources and support necessary for him to meet the high expectations that we have for him as a member of our organization and our community."

The Pirates say that after he fulfills obligations under the treatment program to which he agreed in January, 2017, Kang will report to Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.  He will remain on the restricted list while he works his way back into condition to participate in Major League games.

Kang, 31, hit 36 home runs in 229 games for the Pirates in 2015 and 2016.