Five Things You Always Wanted To Know About Chan Ho Park

I was surprised by the news that Cashman had signed Chan Ho Park. Sure, he pitched well against the Yankees in the World Series, but I just never figured – OK, I guess this is about the old axiom: you can never have enough arms. Now we have another one. Is Park up there in pitcher years? Yeah, but at least he’s not 40. Has he been with a lot of teams? You bet (Dodgers twice, as well as the Rangers, Padres, Mets, Astros and Phillies), but that’s not as many as LaTroy Hawkins. Will he turn out to be this year’s Brett Tomko – a guy who’s here today and gone tomorrow? Maybe, but Tomko actually pitched pretty well. So many questions…..
So here are some answers – five things I learned about Park that I didn’t know only eight hours ago. Ready?
1) He was the first South Korean to play in the majors.
2) He’s the only pitcher in baseball history to allow two grand slams in the same inning to the same player (Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals in 1999).

3) He gave up record-breaking home runs #71 and 72 to Barry Bonds in 2001.

4) He sued a former Dodger teammate, Chad Kreuter, for not repaying a loan of $460,000.

5) He’s married to the daughter of Japan’s 76th richest man. (No wonder Kreuter came to him for a loan.)

Will he bump Mitre or Gaudin or even Aceves out of the long man role in the bullpen? Or will one of them get traded? I have no idea, but if I were the Yankees I wouldn’t let Alfredo fall by the wayside.
Two grand slams in the same inning to the same guy? Did anybody give any thought to taking Park out in that game or maybe walking Tatis? Sheesh.


  1. raysrenegade

    Chan Ho Park had a weird 2009, even before the Phillies Playoff run.
    Park was 1-1 with a 7.29 ERA in 7 starts before the Phillies sent him to the Bullpen on 5/19/2009.
    After that, Park had a 2.52 ERA in 38 regular season relief appearances. And 10 of his last 11 relief appearances were scoreless.
    Worst thing is someone will be falling off the 25-man roster if he regains his stuff. Hopefully it is not my buddy Chad “Billygoat” Gaudin.
    Just for giggles,
    Park faced 3 Rays hitters in 2009 at Tropicana Field during the InterLeague series. The Rays hitters went 2 for 3 with 5 RBI against him, only Pat Burrell did not get a hit, but he did get an RBI.
    Welcome to the Bronx Chan Ho Park.

    Rays Renegade

  2. angelsgirl012

    Because I am of Korean descent I know everything about Chan Ho Park :D. My family and a lot of Koreans in the neighborhood (a lot of koreans in the neighborhood lol) love him which is understandable he means a lot to the country. He even guest starred in a variety show in Korea. He’s a very funny person ^^

    Well I hope he has a good year for the Yankees. Treat him well 🙂


    Sorry I’ve been gone so long – just been insanely busy. Anyway, I was pretty shocked to see the Yankees acquire Park – I just don’t know if he has anything that we really need. And he doesn’t seem to be any kind of trade material for mid-season. I have to assume he is bullpen material and not a potential 5th starter. The stats you pulled up certainly don’t make me feel overly confident in his arm. We’ll see.

    Newsday had an article about A.J. being really pumped about pitching with Posada as his catcher — that’s something new. I hope he means it and that they pair up well this season. I just can’t wait for the season to start. All the players are due in today so its just a matter of time. GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. phillies_phollowers

    Here is a few more facts for ya; Park’s wife is also a chef and has published at least one cookbook that I know of – a bestseller no less. And his kids are adorable! Saw them during family day last year. He is also great with the fans, will play catch with kids in the stands and sign autographs. I was sad to see him go because he fun to watch, but yeah, I also wonder how much gas he has left in the tank.


  5. thefreak

    So much for developing young ars huh?

    I’ve rubbed my head raw from trying to figure out the moves this off season. But then again, Cash’s resources are better then mine so I guess he knows what he’s doing. LOL!!!!


    Where to begin with THIS one…
    Yup, I remember ol’ Chan Ho…how old IS he?…also remember those two slams in one inning…never read the Mitchell Report, never want to…but if Fernando “Bodacious” Tatis isn’t in there, I’ll eat my souvenir hat…! As I recall — and ‘Redstate Jeff’ can confirm/correct…Fernando was a banjo-hitting Cardinals infielder until ONE YEAR when he hit 25 or 30 Tatas — I mean, taters…but still, why keep Park in the game??
    Musically…let’s hope that the wealthy Mr. Park will be hearing songs from us more like Itchykoo (“it’s all too beautiful”) and not like MacArthur (…”melting in the dark…I don’t think that I can take it…”) — but hey, MacArthur is in L.A. anyway…right?

  7. Jane Heller

    Word is that it’ll be Edwar Ramirez who will fall off the roster with Chan Ho coming onboard, Renegade. I think your buddy Gaudin is safe for now and is being considered for the #5 spot in the rotation while Park will be strictly out of the pen. Five RBIs against three Rays hitters? Ugh. My stomach hurts suddenly.

    I read that he has a good sense of humor, Mimi, and now you’re confirming it. I hope he’s around long enough to tell everybody jokes!

    I didn’t know you had major league aspirations, Rob. Maybe you should go to spring training as a non-roster invitee. 🙂

    I had a feeling Park would be a favorite of yours, Cat. I hope he becomes a favorite of mine.

    You’re very welcome, cheshirecat. It’s amazing what you can find out from Wikipedia, even with all their mistakes. LOL.

    Don’t confuse Girardi with Torre, Jeff. It was Joe who abused the arms of various bullpen pitchers. Girardi has pretty much kept everybody fresh. But yeah. Fernando Tatis? Must have been a crazy game.

    I don’t think we needed Park as much as every team needs arms, Diane. For some reason, Cashman decided to spend a million dollars on Park’s arm. And after getting rid of Tomko last year, the only long reliever we had was Aceves. Maybe he wanted a second. I read what A.J. said about working with Posada and it made me happy!

    I read that about his wife, Jenn. Nice for him that he has someone at home who really knows how to cook. And nice for her that she’s so accomplished. Does he have enough left in the tank? Fearing the worst, hoping for the best – as always.

    I don’t think Cashman has given up on developing the kids, Mike. He must think Park is insurance in case Melancon or Albaladejo don’t pan out this year. In any case, I hope he knows what he’s doing!

    I think Park is 36, Dave. Have to check that. But in that game with Tatis hitting the two grand taters, why keep him in there is right…unless he was just supposed to eat innings in a blowout.

    HAHA, Kaiser. I’ll bet you love Park. Funny.

    I don’t even know who Chad Kreuter is, Paul, but the fact that Park sued him means that the Yankees players should be prepared to pay up if they ever go to him for a loan!


    I guess it’s time to sit back (while watching the snow that is predicted to last until Friday!) and wait to see how everything pans out.

    Oh the weather outside is frightful,
    But the Yankees are so delightful,
    And since we’ve got a closer named Mo,
    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.


    I hate to beat a dead horse, but there’s an article in the Times about Damon.


  9. Jane Heller

    Snow again, Melissa? Boooooo. At least you’re singing about it. LOL. On the Damon article, I have to say I felt a pang of sadness when I read it. Regardless of how the situation was handled, I’ll miss him and wish him well in Detroit. Stay warm!



    How far upstate are you? We’ve had snow blowing around Schoharie for most of the morning, but nothing sticking. My boss just drove back from Albany and he said it’s coming down much harder there and sticking. I just had a similar report from a friend in Schenectady.

    Both those guys tell me we’re looking at back to back storms.

  11. paulie_21

    I’m not sure Park has much left in the tank, but it’s worth a shot to test the waters and see what’s there. I doubt it’s enough to give Aceves the boot, though.

    One of the things shaping up here that nobody’s talking about is that this could be the best bullpen in baseball here. Marte, Robertson, Hughes/Chamberlain, Aceves, and a slew of other candidates including Gaudin, Mitre, Logan, Park, and Mark Melancon–out of this latter group, somebody’s bound to have a good year. If things go well it’s Mo and five quality setup men. I like that.

    Also note that most Koreans refer to themselves as simply “Korean” and not North or South Koreans, as evidenced in the World Baseball Classic. Too bad Korea didn’t take 1st.


    I’m about an hour south of Albany. It’s been snowing all day. I don’t mind so much at this time of year because really, now much longer can it last?

    We haven’t had a huge snow this year, so one good storm might be fun. But I’m ready for green grass and baseball!!!

  13. irishsoxkid19

    Park is a good pitcher. Like most pitchers, he has a few negatives. Personally, a pitcher who gives up 2 grand slams in a game? That’s crazy. The Yankees have a pretty solid rotation, with Vasquez, Pettitte, Burnett, Sabathia and either Hughes and Chamberlain, I don’t see Park as a starting pitcher, I see him as a relief pitcher.

  14. Jane Heller

    Jojovanb and Melissa, it’s so weird reading about your weather. It’s sort of a crummy day here in CA – in the 50s and about to rain – but I can hardly complain.

    I totally agree, Paulie. The pen is shaping up nicely. The key will be good health, of course. As long as everybody stays injury free, we’re in great shape. Five quality set-up men? I’ll take it.

    Park was brought in for long relief, Holly. He won’t be starting unless something unforeseen happens to the rotation, which I hope it doesn’t!


    Dear Melissa,
    Love your snow song…snow joke! If “It’s Raining Men,” like the Weather Girls sing, then Snow Some Mo! Snow Some Mo! Snow Some MO!!
    But be careful what you wish for…all the combined wishes of the D.C. area came true in one week…we’re still buried…!

  16. Jane Heller

    I’d be glad to check out your blog, Danny. Thanks for stopping by.

    Dave, you thought you were the only talented musical composer here? Now you have competition from Melissa!

  17. Jane Heller

    Thanks, gonzo. Me too.

    Leave it to Melissa, our resident research expert, to unearth those fantastic facts! But Park gave up two slams in the same INNING. He’s the only pitcher with that dubious distinction, I believe.

  18. wetfeet

    Funny thing both Tatis and Chan Ho Park both played for the Texas Rangers, not sure if both played at the same time. Hated to see Tatis go, could not wait for Park to go. Hope Park pitches better for the Yankees than he did for the Rangers! Texas may still paying part of his salary.

  19. Jane Heller

    I saw Park’s numbers with the Rangers, wetfeet, and they weren’t good. I can understand why you weren’t sorry to see him go. My fingers are crossed that he’ll do better as a Yankee.

  20. ryan_lee

    No faux-Korean speak this time, Jane? 😉

    Anyways, I like this signing, because I’ve been a long time fan of Chan Ho (I’m also of Korean descent), even if he hasn’t always been the best pitcher. If he stays in the bullpen, he’ll be fine. If he tries to spot start, he’ll get killed. And he’s probably a better option than Sergio Mitre or Edwar Ramirez.


  21. Jane Heller

    Darn, Ryan. You’re so right. I should have gone on one of those translation sites and had a faux-Korean comment from Park! Next time. Since you’re of Korean descent, you must have enjoyed the women’s figure skating last night. Wow. What a performance! Anyhow, back to Park, I think he’ll replace Ramirez on the roster. Just a guess. And be strictly a reliever.

  22. Jane Heller

    Dodger fans seem to remember him fondly, Emma. He sounds like a really good guy. Now let’s see if he can still pitch!

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