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Pitcher suspended over gambling cleared to return

All Headlines 19:56 June 11, 2019

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- A former All-Star pitcher convicted of illegal gambling has been cleared to return to action.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Tuesday it has approved right-hander An Ji-man's application to resume his career. His one-year suspension following his gambling conviction ended on May 23, and the KBO said An filed for reinstatement on May 31.

An was indicted in the fall of 2016 for allegedly financing an illegal gambling website. He received a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, in 2018. During the investigation, An's team, Samsung Lions, terminated his contract. The KBO then handed down a one-year suspension.

It's not clear which team, if any, would be interested in signing the 35-year-old free agent who last pitched in 2016.

When he did pitch, An was one of the KBO's most reliable relievers. He has a career 3.59 ERA in 593 appearances from 2003 to 2016 and owns the league's all-time record with 177 holds. He anchored the Lions' middle relief corps during their run of six championships from 2005 to 2014.

In this file photo from July 5, 2016, An Ji-man, then of the Samsung Lions, throws a pitch against the LG Twins at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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