The Pirates have been without infielder Jung Ho Kang all season, as the South Korean player was denied a work visa to return to the U.S. after being charged with his third DUI since 2009.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington seems increasingly resigned to the fact the hard-hitting Kang may never again play for the Pirates.
That’s been an unfortunate reality from the outset that he may never get a visa again, Huntington told reporters Sunday, via MLB.com. We worked the process, worked the process again and have not gotten a different result. We’ll attack it in different ways again the next time through and hope there is a different outcome. We do need to begin to prepare as if he’s not coming back.
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It all flows together for the SABRcast, which MLB Network will likely produce again next year. The merger gives fans another way to ingest a game. It’s tough to say at this juncture whether MLB Network will start a trend of enhanced baseball programming, but one thing is certain: The effort shows Major League Baseball isn’t the relic or dinosaur that some believe it to be.
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As for the future of MLB telecasts? There’s at least a chance for change, Kenny said.
There’s a lot to be said for a guy who’s very spare in his call, gives you balls and strikes, lets you hear the murmur of the crowd, he said, but there’s also something to be said for, ‘Hey, let’s really scrutinize this, let’s really talk strategy, let’s talk team-building, let’s talk roster utilization.’