Canceled trip to San Diego due to trial in Korea… Former KIA Brooks signs minor contract again

Right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks (32), who played for the KBO League KIA Tigers, will make a fresh start with the San Diego Padres. It’s a minor league contract. When he goes up to the major leagues, he will have a meal with Korean infielder Kim Ha-seong (27). 

San Diego assigned Brooks to the Triple A team, the El Paso Chihuahuas, on the 16th (hereinafter Korean time). Brooks, who signed a minor league contract with San Diego on the 13th, prepares for next year’s season with Triple-A. 

After signing a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in January, Brooks made a surprise addition to the opening roster using reverse pitching as a stepping stone in an exhibition game. However, after sluggish performance with a 7.71 스포츠토토 earned run average in 5 games, 9⅓ innings, and 8 runs, he was designated for transfer (DFA) in early May and demoted to the Triple-A Memphis Red Birds. 

He switched positions as a starter in Triple-A, but he did not perform well. He threw 69⅔ innings in 15 games (13 starts), going 5-4 with an earned run average of only 5.56. He was released by St. Louis in mid-October without ever making it to the major leagues again. Two months after that, he continued his big league challenge by signing a minor contract with San Diego. 

Brooks could have worn a San Diego uniform a little sooner. He signed a minor contract with San Diego last September. However, after being handed over to trial for possession of cannabis in Korea at the time, his contract with San Diego was also terminated as he was tied up. 

Brooks spent two years in Korea as a member of KIA in 2020-2021. He made one start in the first year of 2020 with an ERA of 2.50 in 23 games (151⅓ innings) with 11 wins and 4 losses. Due to an emergency departure to the United States due to his son’s car accident, he did not complete the season, but succeeded in renewing his contract. In 2021, he went 3-5 with an earned run average of 3.35 in 13 games (78 innings). 

His grades were not bad, but he was released from KIA in early August when he was investigated by the police for bringing in cannabis. At that time, marijuana was detected in e-cigarettes Brooks ordered online from the United States. Even after he was released from KIA, he remained in Korea for five more months and was tried. He was even found to be smoking and was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison and 3 years probation for violating the penalty rate for drug management in January. 

Brooks, who was virtually expelled from Korea and returned to the United States, said through local media ‘KSDK’ after signing a contract with St. Louis, “I wanted to sleep at night because of insomnia, so I looked for something that would help, but it was the wrong thing to do. He explained, “I didn’t know that e-cigarettes had cannabis ingredients.” He explained, “Possession of cannabis is illegal in Korea. If I had been Korean, I would have been in much bigger trouble. I could have gone to jail,” he said.