MLB hopeful Oh faces gambling charges


SEOUL: A star South Korean pitcher looking to sign a US major league baseball contract has been dragged into a widening probe into illegal gambling overseas, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Oh Seung-Hwan, one of the most successful closers in the history of Korean baseball, is expected to be summoned by prosecutors in Seoul as early as this week to answer questions related to gambling abroad — which is prohibited by South Korean law. The probe comes at an awkward time for the 33-year-old whose current contract with Japanese club Hanshin Tigers ends this year and who is looking for a move to the US major leagues.



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