South Korean court fines new Cardinals reliever for gambling

New Cardinals relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh puts on his new jersey at a Jan. 11 press conference attended by manager Mike Matheny (left) and GM John Mozeliak.

SEOUL, South Korea — A Seoul court has fined newly signed St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seung Hwan Oh 10 million won ($8,300) for breaking South Korean gambling laws by betting heavily at a Macau casino.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Lim Chang-yong, Oh’s ex-teammate with South Korean club Samsung Lions, was also fined the same amount, according to spokesman Joon Young Maeng at the Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday.

The Korean Baseball Organization earlier hit both players with half-season bans after prosecutors charged them for betting around 40 million won ($33,000) each at a casino in Macau in 2014.

South Korea has strict gambling laws, and has only one domestic casino for locals while 16 others admit only foreigners. South Koreans are banned from betting large sums of money at venues other than the designated local casino.

Oh, 33, signed with the Cardinals earlier this month on a one-year contract with a club option for a second year. In 498 career games in South Korea and Japan, Oh is 32-20 with a 1.81 ERA with 772 strikeouts in 646 1/3 innings. He also was a member of the Gold medal-winning South Korean Olympics team in 2008 and represented the country in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013.