On the day Red Sox position players were required to report to camp, thoughts inevitably turned to a longtime Fort Myers, Fla., presence who won’t be around this spring.
David Ortiz was a popular topic of conversation Thursday at Fenway South, but even as some Red Sox fans continue to harbor fantasies that he might have second thoughts about retirement, the DH resurfaced to virtually swat them away.
Kang, 29, was arrested Dec. 2 in Seoul and charged with fleeing the scene of accident under the influence of alcohol. It was Kang’s third DUI-related arrest and resulted in his license being revoked. The arrest also cost Kang a spot on South Korea’s team for the World Baseball Classic.
Yonhap News reported Thursday that prosecutors had sought a summary judgment against Kang that would have resulted in a fine of about $13,000, but the court ordered a trial and the player must appear in person.
Kang agreed last week to enter a voluntary alcohol treatment program.
Kang is coming off a season in which he hit .255/.354/.513 with 21 home Cheap Jerseys Borntrade runs in 103 games. He finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2015.
The role, of course, has been something of a black hole for the Rockies virtually since the franchise began, with three-time All-Star Brian Fuentes the prime exception. But that was 10 years ago, and taking a flyer on Holland as he returns from the Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2016 is a low-risk, potentially high-upside move for Colorado.