Chan Ho Park made some history last night

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We haven’t heard much from Chan Ho Park this season — outside of these infamous comments during his brief stint with the Yankees — but I guess that’s what happens when you get shipped off to Pittsburgh.

Still, it’s worth mentioning that Park made history last night tossing by three scoreless innings for his 124th career victory. The 37-year-old right-hander passed Hideo Nomo for the most ever by an Asian-born pitcher, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

“One hundred, twenty-four is not great for the Major Leagues, but it’s
very special. It makes me think about 17 years
ago, when I first came [to America]. I think about the people who
brought me here and helped me. I’ve met a lot of special people through
my career, and today, that means a lot.”

Park, a South Korean native, has a 124-98 record and 4.36 ERA over 17 seasons in the major leagues. Less impressive because Nomo only pitched part of 12 seasons in major leagues, but quite a feather in his cap, anyway.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.