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.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.