It’s a slow news day so you can make some time to go read a nice human interest story, right? Of course you do.
The human of interest in this story is Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets. You’re probably aware that Granderson is extraordinarily active in the community. He’s a former Clemente Award winner, of course, and when anyone talks about Granderson they make mention that he’s a thoughtful and charitable guy. But until you read Michael Powell’s profile of him at the New York Times you probably don’t have a sense of the scale of it all. The man does not rest when it comes to giving of himself. And there are few if any 300 homer guys who talk less about their own accomplishments.
A lot of ballplayers get the “good player, better person” treatment, and it all plays well until . . . it doesn’t. But with Granderson it’s been playing like this for over a decade. I’m confident that there’s no one around the game who is spoken of as highly as he is. At a time when it’s easy for a lot of people to feel a bit shaken and at a loss, Granderson’s example is one that gives some hope.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million.
Pearce, 33 had some health issues in 2016, but he hit .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and he mashes lefties in particular. Pearce is versatile as well, logging time at first base, second base, right field, left field, and DH in 2016 while splitting time between the Rays and Orioles.
Last week Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea for driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. That’s bad, but it turns out that it’s nothing new. The Yonhapnews Agency reports that Kang has been arrested for DUI three times since 2009:
Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul confirmed that it was Kang’s third DUI arrest, with the three strikes law resulting in the immediate revocation of his license. According to police, Kang had also been arrested for a DUI in August 2009 and May 2011. No personal injuries were reported in either case, though he’d caused property damage in the latter incident.
The report also notes that a companion of Kang initially claimed that he, and not Kang, was behind the wheel at the time of the accident which led to Kang’s arrest last week. It was later revealed by the car’s black box, however, that Kang was driving. So add in some obstruction of justice, whether it is charged or not, to the scene. Police are investigating that.
Between all of this and the fact that Kang is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago this past season, a pretty ugly portrait of the Pirates’ infielder is beginning to reveal itself.