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Chan Ho Park signs with the Orix Buffaloes

Dec 20, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

CVhan Ho Park

According to the team’s Twitter feed, Chan Ho Park has signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League.

Park compiled a 4.66 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings between the Yankees and Pirates last season. The 37-year-old right-hander has a 4.36 ERA over parts of 17 major league seasons. He became the first South Korean to play in the majors when he made his debut with the Dodgers in 1994.

He would have easily been able to find another bullpen gig in the major leagues this winter, but apparently spending half the season with the Pirates was enough to convince him to leave the country.

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    The Yakult Swallows should have signed him. They aren’t taking advantage of the remaining days till Aoki heads to the MLB.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

      Shinya Aoki? I didn’t know he played baseball.

  2. Brian - Dec 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    just shows you how transient the life of a reliever is…2 years ago he was huge for the Phillies and now he sucks.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM

      Well, he’s apparently a hero over there. Maybe they’ll give him a shot as a starter.

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