Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang was in court in South Korea today to face DUI charges. He admitted to them in court and threw himself on the mercy of public opinion afterward, speaking to Yonhap News:
“I deeply regret what I have done. If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone.”
Kang will be sentenced on March 3, which is a week from Friday. Pretrial proceedings involved talk of a $13,000 fine, but the judge can do whatever he wants. It would seem that Kang will be in South Korea at least until then. He and the Pirates have also spoken of a treatment program. All of which, taken together, suggests that it will be some time before Kang joins Pirates spring training, where full-squad workouts began last Friday.