Park Chan Ho To Receive Pioneer Award From the MLB

D-Bo , Jan. 2, 2015, 10:35 a.m.


Korean baseball player Park Chan Ho and Japanese player Hideo Nomo, two legends among the first generation of Asian baseball players in Major League Baseball, will receive the Pioneers of Baseball award. 

ESPN on Thursday reported that Park and Nomo will be honored by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig during his retirement ceremony on Jan. 18 in New York City.  Park signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994 and played in the MLB until 2010 with the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates. 

He concluded his MLB career with 124 wins and 98 losses, besting Nomo's record by one victory to hold the most wins by an Asian pitcher in the MLB.  Park and Nomo were teammates with the Dodgers from 1995 to 1998.

Chan Ho Park is a South Korean former professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball and Hanwha Eagles of Korea Baseball Organization. He was the first South Korean-born player in major league history. Park is the Asian-born pitcher with most career wins, 124. He passed Hideo Nomo for the most ever by an Asian-born pitcher in 2010. He is 6'1" (185 cm) tall and weighs 210 lbs (95 kg).

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