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Japanese team sends Chan Ho Park to minors, tells him to “stop fooling around”

Jun 1, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

CVhan Ho Park

There wasn’t much of a free agent market for Chan Ho Park despite his sold performance down the stretch for the Pirates, so the 38-year-old veteran of 17 MLB seasons headed to Japan and signed with the Orix Buffaloes.

And apparently it isn’t going very well.

Alastair Himmer of Reuters reports that Park was demoted to the minor leagues “after being told to ‘stop fooling around’ and get serious.”

Park had a 4.29 ERA in seven starts, but drew heavy criticism from pitching coach Osamu Fukuma after giving up six runs in his most recent outing. MLB teams learned that Park was much more effective as a reliever, so perhaps Orix will give him a second chance out of the bullpen.

  1. skerney - Jun 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Or did they tell him 浮気を停止します?

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    the blowsox could use this guy as a starter, Wakefield isnt gonna last long, i think he came out to the mound on a hoveround after the 3rd inning today

  3. xmatt0926x - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    When he played for the Phillies he was awful as a starter but very effective once he went to the pen in ’09. I agree that the pen is where he needs to be so he can give max effort for 1 or 2 innings as opposed to slopping around as a starter for 6 innings. He’s either too old now or he just doesn’t get up for the games in the Japan league and is going through the motions. it sounds like his coaches sense that.

  4. genericcommenter - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    He needs to grow his beard back. The Yankees facial hair policy ruined his career.

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    17 years? Wow! I would have never guessed that.

  6. winkeroni - Jun 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    I’ll never forget when he played for the Dodgers and allowed Fernando Tatis to hit two Grand Slams in the same inning at Dodger Stadium.

  7. stackers1 - Jun 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Why is it that the athlete is always the last one to know that he’s done? Baseball & boxing especially, but in other sports too. Guys just want to hang on & keep playing when everyone watching at home can see it’s over.

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