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Chan-ho Park

Park, Chan-ho (born June 30, 1973 in Gongju, South Korea) is a Korean baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Major League Baseball San Diego Padres
He was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1994, at the time a sophomore at Hanyang University in Seoul. A fastball pitcher, Park enjoyed success with the Dodgers who played at the pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium. He had his best season with the Dodgers in 2000, when he went 18-10 with a 3.27 ERA and 217 strikeouts.
Following a 15-11 season with the Dodgers in 2001, Park was granted free agency and was signed by the Texas Rangers in December of that year to a five year, USD $48.8 million contract, which is one of the highest paid contracts for a pitcher. However, during his time with the Rangers, he was hampered by injuries and a home stadium that notoriously favors hitters at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. In his first season with the Rangers, Park only went 9-8 in 25 starts, with a 5.75 ERA. The following season, he only started seven times due to injuries, going 1-3 with a 7.58 ERA. Park proved to be largely unpopular with the local crowds and Dallas-area media (referred to by some media members as "Heave Ho Park" and "Oh No Park"), considering the underperforming pitcher and his large contract to be a waste of money that hampered the team. However, they did not necessarily consider Park to be a player who could no longer succeed anywhere, but rather a player who did not fit the Rangers' organization, which traditionally focused on offense and power pitchers. Under this theory, it was Park's pitching style, which tended to induce fly balls (which at hitter friendly Ameriquest often end up as home runs), which led to his troubles with the Rangers -- and which was less of a problem when he pitched for the Dodgers, with their pitcher-friendly home park Dodger Stadium. (This theory appears to be supported by evidence; From 2002 to 2004, Park had a 6.75 ERA at home, much higher than his 4.92 ERA on the road.)

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