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Friday, November 30, 2012

Chan-Ho Park retires

Ending his 19-year professional baseball career, veteran pitcher Park Chan-ho said Friday he is looking forward to opening a new chapter in his life and helping develop the sport in his native land.
   Park, 39, first announced his retirement on Thursday through his South Korean club, the Hanwha Eagles, and held a press conference Friday to talk about his decision.
   “I’d like to say this is not an end, but a new beginning for me,” Park said, at times choking back on tears. “I decided to call it quits to map out a new future and to pursue new challenges and dreams.”

 

Gamingboy Posted: November 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chan-ho park, korea, retirement

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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 30, 2012 at 06:14 PM (#4313788)
Park had one more win than Hideo Nomo (124 to 123), making him the Asian-born pitcher with the most MLB wins.
   2. Chico Lind(and the Man) Posted: November 30, 2012 at 06:33 PM (#4313794)
And if he had never met Fernando Tatis, they'd be tied for grand slams allowed.
   3. RJ in TO Posted: November 30, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4313815)
He had a solid career, but what I'll always remember most about him is this.
   4. flournoy Posted: November 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4313822)
Sheesh, I didn't know he was still picthing in South Korea, and I have no recollection of him pitching for the Phillies, Yankees, and Pirates in 2009 and 2010. Seems like he retired five years ago.
   5. Bhaakon Posted: November 30, 2012 at 07:42 PM (#4313829)
He had a solid career, but what I'll always remember most about him is this.


I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 30, 2012 at 07:55 PM (#4313836)
He had a solid career, but what I'll always remember most about him is this.

That's the year he led the league in runs.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 30, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4313841)
I liked Park while he was with the Pirates. That was a pretty crappy team, and as a waiver claim he probably didn't want to be there, but he conducted himself like a pro's pro anyway. Played well, and didn't complain about the team or the city.

I enjoyed watching him pitch, and I hope retirement treats him well.
   8. DanG Posted: November 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4313851)
I think they should honor him the way the Tigers honored Charlie Bennett.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4313852)
That's the year he led the league in runs.


Which was surprising, because he didn't seem to have problems getting loose.
   10. akrasian Posted: November 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM (#4313857)

I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often.


Kershaw had the same issue opening day this year. In retrospect, it might have cost him the Cy Young. He had to leave after 3 scoreless innings with 3 ks. He finished 1 strikeout behind Dickey for the league lead - if Kershaw doesn't eat the wrong thing the day before he probably passes Dickey in K's and leads the league in Ks and ERA, while Dickey only leads in innings pitched, and very slightly over Kershaw. Ah well, so awards depend on your server washing his hands properly.
   11. joyjoykid Posted: November 30, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4313866)
He had a solid career, but what I'll always remember most about him is this.


Watching Mo being perplexed in the background makes it even funnier.

   12. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM (#4313872)
I'll be honest: when I saw this headline I wondered if some strange database error had caused articles from 2010 to be loaded.
   13. ntr RdP Posted: November 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM (#4313894)
I'm Neutral on Park, but he did have the Drive to succeed over many years. He probably decided to retire when his career went in Reverse.
   14. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM (#4313900)
He's another player that Gammons overhyped. Like Donnie Sadler, who Gammons called "the waterbug." And I think Torey Lovullo and Junior Felix, back in the day.
   15. Anonymous Observer Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:08 AM (#4313907)
He's another player that Gammons overhyped. Like Donnie Sadler, who Gammons called "the waterbug." And I think Torey Lovullo and Junior Felix, back in the day.


Any list of players overhyped by Gammons has to include Toe Nash.
   16. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM (#4313913)

He had a solid career, but what I'll always remember most about him is this.



I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often.

Kershaw had the same issue opening day this year. In retrospect, it might have cost him the Cy Young. [...] Ah well, so awards depend on your server washing his hands properly.


I thought the first post linked to a video of Park karate kicking Tim Belcher, and so the rest of this thread (and especially the last post that I quoted) didn't make any sense to me at all.
   17. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:31 AM (#4313918)
Chan Ho Park's most similar player is Hideo Nomo according to baseball reference. I like that.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:32 AM (#4313921)
I'm Neutral on Park, but he did have the Drive to succeed over many years. He probably decided to retire when his career went in Reverse.


No, no, no. This thread is for diarrhea jokes. Diarrhea.
   19. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM (#4313922)
Park had one more win than Hideo Nomo (124 to 123), making him the Asian-born pitcher with the most MLB wins.


That's a trivia answer I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have gotten correct.
   20. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 01, 2012 at 12:45 AM (#4313925)
My favorite sim list tidbit is: Who was Barry Bonds's most similar player at age 27?

Answer: His father.

Ichiro's sim lists are interesting, littered with players from 100 years ago.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: December 01, 2012 at 01:00 AM (#4313929)
I like that the Alex Gonzalez's most similar player is Alex Gonzalez.
   22. Gaelan Posted: December 01, 2012 at 03:46 AM (#4313948)
He had a solid career, but what I'll always remember most about him is this.


Classic. My favourite part is when he says, "What? That's funny?" with a completely straight face.
   23. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: December 01, 2012 at 04:19 AM (#4313950)
Any list of players overhyped by Gammons has to include Toe Nash.


And Mike Crudale.
   24. Barnaby Jones Posted: December 01, 2012 at 04:38 AM (#4313953)
I like that the Alex Gonzalez's most similar player is Alex Gonzalez.


This is no longer true. It broke my heart. DAMN YOU GREG GAGNE.
   25. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: December 01, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4314008)
My favorite similarity scores are Satchel Paige's. I of course understand why his sim scores are broken, but I think you won't find two most similar players who are less similar than Satch and the journeyman middle reliever Bill Dawley.

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