Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is showing that his great production in Korea translates just fine to America by hitting .313 with an .823 OPS through 33 games.
Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a good article about Kang’s first two months in the majors, which includes the following two excerpts.
First, here’s how Kang fits really well into the Pirates’ clubhouse dynamic despite not speaking much English:
“He’s a great teammate, always jokin’ around with us, and, even though his English is limited, he’s a good guy to have around in the clubhouse,” Pirates reliever Jared Hughes said. “It’s a side of him that fans don’t see on the field, but he’s a really funny guy.”
And here’s my favorite part of the article:
“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”
Neither do the Pirates. They made a modest commitment of $11 million to sign Kang after his incredible 2014 season in Korea and have already gotten most of that value through two months of a four-year contract.