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Jung Ho Kang likely to never play for the Pirates again

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Last December, Jung Ho Kang crashed a BMW into a guard rail and fled the scene. He reportedly had a blood alcohol level at 0.084 percent, which was over South Korea’s legal limit of 0.05 percent. It was his third drunk driving offense in Korea and led to an eight month suspended sentence. It also led to him being denied a visa to come to the United States to play baseball.

The visa process is still ongoing but the Pirates seem to be moving on. Yesterday, Pirates GM Neal Huntington said you can “pretty much eliminate the thought” of Kang returning this season. Huntington further acknowledged that Kang’s career with the Pirates may be over.

Kang, 30, hit .273/.355/.483 with 36 home runs and 120 RBI in two seasons in Pittsburgh. That’s good, but the DUI offenses and an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Chicago in 2016 have cast a cloud over his career. It would be understandable if the Pirates chose to wash their hands of him.

Hometown hero Bryce Harper defeats Freddie Freeman to advance in Home Run Derby

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.

Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”

The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).