Chan Ho Park could be back in a Bucco Uniform
The Pirates are interested in bringing Veteran pitcher Chan Ho Park back in a Bucco uniform. There has been talk between General Manager Neal Huntington and Park’s agent.
“We’ve expressed some interest and he has expressed some interest,” Huntington said. “But again, it’s got to be the right fit for him, and it has to be the right fit for us. We’re working through what that might be or may not be.”
Park was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees on July 31, 2010 after allowing 11 earned runs in 28.1 innings pitched. He pitched much better for the Pirates though, just five earned runs in 23.1 innings. (Park also picked up his 124th win on October 1st –becoming the most winningest Asian born pitcher in major league history)
Park –who has spent 17 seasons in the big leagues– would be a huge asset for the Pirates young arms in the bullpen. If the Bucs re-sign him, it would not only to be a relief pitcher, but a mentor as well.
Towards the end of the season the Pirates players grew to like Park and celebrated with him on the field (and in the clubhouse) after he picked up his 124th win.
Park had this to say on the final day of the regular season:
“It’s a good team with a good future,” Park said. “If I play for this team next year, a .500 or winning record is going to be a big goal for this team. I want to be a part of that and have that. We have so much talent here.”