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Chan Ho Park has arrived

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Looks like Chan Ho Park has finally made it to Tampa.

In the Yankees clubhouse, one of the corner lockers has Park’s name at the top and his usual No. 61 hanging on the rail.

Still no sign of Park himself, but his stuff is clearly here. Also no word on a move to open a spot in the 40-man.

UPDATE, 10:57 a.m.: Just talked to Park. He’s been throwing in Korea and said he feels ready to pitch in a game. He’ll do long toss today and throw a bullpen tomorrow.

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54 Responses to “Chan Ho Park has arrived”

  1. crawdaddy February 28th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Chad,

    Please don’t worry about the lack of updates.

    Personally, I think you update this blog too much.

  2. Ed H. February 28th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Chad,

    Who do you think gets bounced? I’m going with Edwar Ramirez.

  3. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Good morning, all –

    1. Fresh, warm cinnamon rolls are a true delight, but nothing beats real brownies; why dilute them with peanut butter?

    2. Joel Sherman does have a nice piece on Cano (it would be best all around if he got it together to hit 5th), as well as his tidbits on the young pitchers. Further, it’s beginning to sound like this is Joba’s last, best chance to stay a starter longterm. Between his performance as a starter, to how Phil does, and whether they want/need an inurance policy for Mo, there are a lot of things to consider.

  4. Phil the Thrill February 28th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Why would it be his last chance when he’s already stretched out?

  5. crawdaddy February 28th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    “Yeah, I figured as much. As for Sherman, I’d guess he knows as much, if not more, than most of us here do about minor leaguers. With so much interest in prospects, and so info available on line, I think having a working knowledge of the team’s prospects almost has to be part of the job description for baseball writers.”

    Are you kidding?

    Sherman doesn’t track these prospects on a daily basis like many of us do during the course of the baseball season. Many of us attend their games and watch or listen to their games on MiLB network. We worry like Betsy, whenever one of them leaves a game early until we find out why.:) Just kidding, Betsy.

  6. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    LOL Craw, if you worry like me then I feel sorry for you!

    Sherman is not alone -none of the Yankee writers know squat about the minor leaguers. For the most part, either do I – that’s why I trust Yankee fans who do follow these kids.

  7. pat February 28th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Feel good story on Tex and Alex

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....TOL7NVYJPJ

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Frank, there is no need to be sarcastic. Let’s just agree to disagree.

  9. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Good morning Joe,

    I saw in your post in the last thread about the Mets. I read in this mornings NY Post that Jose Reyes has been interviewed by the feds about his relationship with a high-profile Canadian doctor who has been charged with possession of performance-enhancing drugs. Good thing it wasn’t a Yankee or of course it would have been front page headlines.

  10. Tarheelyank February 28th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    “Sherman is not alone -none of the Yankee writers know squat about the minor leaguers”

    Chad not included, of course.

  11. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Blake, lol on Law. I detest him – I can’t think of one nice thing to say about him.

  12. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    No way Sherman has some inside track on prospects.

    But I’ll say this for the guy – he has really made an effort to focus much more on prospects than nearly anyone else on the beat (Chad is of course, the lone exception).

    I have never liked Sherman, but I have to give credit where it’s due. He used to just snark his way through his Yankee coverage. He recognized, to his credit, that many fans, as Craw said, are much more clued in than the writers, and he made some adjustments in the way he approaches his job.

    I guess he’s smart enough to know that you must do this, or become irrelevant.

    And another thing – he’s always written excellent stories on Rivera and has always appreciated his specialness.

  13. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    LOL except Chad, of course.

  14. xxx February 28th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “You can keep the fu, but you’ll have to lose the manchu.”

  15. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hi Betsy,

    Don’t know if you saw my post in the last thread – Yankees Magazine is on at 4:00 today so you can set your DVR.

  16. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Pat, I loved that article – thanks! I was on the Post’s site before – I’ve no idea how I missed that. Hmm, so much for the mediots belief that Tex and Alex didn’t get along in Texas; it was obvious last year that they were close.

  17. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Phil – I just think that he’ll get another real shot at producing as a starter – after all, the Yanks have invested a lot of time and effort in that direction over the past couple of years. However, if we’re in May, and he’s still relatively ineffective, and they have other options like Phil or Ace, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Joba back in the pen. Obviously, there’s a lot of factors at play here, in making this decision, but that’s my thought on how it seems to be shaping up.

  18. crawdaddy February 28th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I think there is a large segment of Yankee fans on the internet that obsesses about the minor league prospects more than the players on the big club. You can’t believe the amount of whining, whenever, the Yankees fail to sign a big time prospect.

  19. Phil the Thrill February 28th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    They think when Banuelos’s body matures his fastball will be plus-plus all the time. I have no idea where anyone got the idea that he wasn’t being projected as at least a middle of the rotation guy. But it’s a silly idea.

  20. Hey Kelvin says February 28th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Larry Lucchino as a candidate to replace Bud Selig in 2012.

    Wow, Epic.

  21. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Fran, thanks!! LOL I’m going to TAPE it, not DVR it – I’ve no clue how to use that thing.

  22. Phil the Thrill February 28th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Joe, I think they both have till they’re about 26 or 27 to lock down rotation spots.

  23. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Craw, that’s what we discussed a few days ago re: a particular forum. I try to stay out of there because when they get upset, then I start thinking I should be upset. There are a few people there that really seem to hate the organization – I don’t get it.

  24. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Phil, I assume Sherman read the Laws of the world…I don’t expect the Yankee beat writers to know the minor leaguers, but since they don’t, they should not write about them as if they do.

  25. Go Yanks February 28th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    stuckey
    February 28th, 2010 at 10:46 am
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  26. Phil the Thrill February 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Sherman’s been getting better but he still doesn’t know crap about the system. Chad is basically the only one covering the big team who has a feel for the minors.

  27. Tarheelyank February 28th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    blake

    I forget where you live, but Scranton vs the Bulls tickets go on sale 3/1. Scranton will be in town 5/6- 5/9. I am planning on going to the Sat and Sun game. Let me know if you are going. It would be great to catch a game with you.

  28. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    We’re very lucky to have Chad covering the team this year because he knows a lot about the system…..

  29. blake February 28th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Tarheel,
    I live in Tennessee now but still get down that way occasionally. I used to go to bulls games all the time when I lived there. They are so much fun.. If I’m down that way when scranton is in town ill let u know for sure.

  30. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:01 am
    Phil, I assume Sherman read the Laws of the world…I don’t expect the Yankee beat writers to know the minor leaguers, but since they don’t, they should not write about them as if they do.
    ======

    Law has zero credibility.

    The guy rated the Boston Red Sox system over the Rays.’ He is OVER.

    I don’t take any of these guys seriously when it comes to prospects. Fangraphs did a “scouting report” of Brackman not too long ago. The guy writing it admitted he based it on ONE outing – the only time he had ever seen him pitch.

    See these guys yourself, or ask someone you know and whose opinion you respect what they look like. I couldn’t care less what BA and BP say – especially since these guys feel pressure to make some ultimate statement about players whose development is, if anything, fluid and changing.

  31. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Phil the Thrill
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Sherman’s been getting better but he still doesn’t know crap about the system.
    ====

    He doesn’t, but at least he has made a point of acknowledging that there IS a system. I think he was one of the first beat guys to start including the name “Austin Jackson” in stories before his mention became routine.

    The writers had to keep up – there were discussion boards overflowing with heated debates about guys they never even knew existed.

  32. ortforshort February 28th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I’m sorry. I just don’t understand letting Wang go when you’re short of quality starters and then turning around and signing Park when you’ve got a boatload of decent righty relievers. I thought math was a prerequisite for General Managers.

  33. Erin February 28th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    pat
    February 28th, 2010 at 10:49 am
    Feel good story on Tex and Alex

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports…..TOL7NVYJPJ

    **********************
    pat, that’s a great article! I love how close those two are.

  34. Tom in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    You mean to tell me that there are players on the Yankees who like Alex?

    Balderdash!

  35. vinny-b February 28th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    chan ho park ?

    would’ve rather had Gaudin and Mitre.

  36. Erin February 28th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Tom in NJ
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:34 am
    You mean to tell me that there are players on the Yankees who like Alex?

    Balderdash!

    ************************
    LOL

  37. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Tom in NJ,

    It’s really a joke how ARod has been cast as so isolated on the team.

    A good friend of mine lives in Posada’s neighborhood. He said he has seen Alex a number of times with Posada over the last couple of years.

    Posada also said of AROd “He’ll be my friend forever.”

    Sheffield and ARod were tight, too. And how often do you see Alex and Jeter cracking up in the dugout? It even happened during the years Jeter was supposedly freezing him out.

    Mattingly, when he was here, said the Yankees relied on Alex to provide scouting reports on any and all pitchers the Yankees were facing; he laughed and said, ‘No one studies the game more than Alex or knows pitching like he does.”

    Doesn’t exactly square with the aloof, primadonna thing. If he were so self-absorbed, how does the guy know everything about every other player?

  38. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    “I’m sorry. I just don’t understand letting Wang go when you’re short of quality starters and then turning around and signing Park when you’ve got a boatload of decent righty relievers. I thought math was a prerequisite for General Managers.”

    The Yankees have at least six quality starters, but anyway:

    It it about math (and the CBA), so your post is kind of ironic.

    Wang made $5m last season. If they offered him arbitration, the largest salary reduction they could offer is 20%.

    Since Cash can do math, he knew that Wang would be guaranteed $4.2m

    That’s a lot to pay someone coming off major shoulder surgery, who may or may not be ready sometime in May.

    They offered Wang a mL contract, which is really in his best interests because it would afford him the opportunity to rehab without pressure. He declined.

    Park is only guaranteed 1.2m. I wouldn’t have signed him, but he has been excellent in relief.

    Your posts are nothing if not entertaining.

  39. CompassRosy February 28th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I posted a comment last night (well, technically early this morning) and it still says

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation”

    Not sure why – is there a limit on links to a post? cuz it had two.
    I’ll separate them and see if it works….

  40. CompassRosy February 28th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Some more info re: DePaula…

    http://tinyurl.com/y92jhl8

  41. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    It’s really a joke how ARod has been cast as so isolated on the team.
    ******************
    Bodhi,
    It’s something to write about. There’s no story when everyone is getting along!
    How is your mom feeling?

  42. Tom in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Bodhi, As a former journalist you know the routine better than I do, I’m sure. Sports writer has a preconceived narrative of the way things ‘are’. Hence Alex is an unlikable “clown”, to borrow Pete’s term for him, and his teammates dislike him.

  43. Erin February 28th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    CompassRosy
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:47 am
    I posted a comment last night (well, technically early this morning) and it still says

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation”

    Not sure why – is there a limit on links to a post? cuz it had two.
    I’ll separate them and see if it works….

    ***********************
    CompassRosy, I’ve had the same thing happen when I post two links in the same post. Whenever I post one at a time there’s no problem.

  44. CompassRosy February 28th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Maybe the M’s can add DePaula to their growing list of IFA’s….

    http://tinyurl.com/ydv7cqj

  45. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    CompassRosy
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:50 am
    Some more info re: DePaula…
    http://tinyurl.com/y92jhl8
    ====

    Thanks for the link, Compass.

    Wonder who’s going to get him…

  46. CompassRosy February 28th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Whenever I post one at a time there’s no problem.

    Well, sure enough, it worked.
    Thanks for the confirmation, Erin – I’ll try to remember not to “over-link” from now on ;)

  47. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    “Since Cash can do math, he knew that Wang would be guaranteed $4.2m”

    Well, Cash can do math, but I can’t.

    That should be $4m.

  48. Chad Jennings February 28th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    New post. Edwar was DFA.

  49. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:52 am
    It’s really a joke how ARod has been cast as so isolated on the team.
    ******************
    Bodhi,
    It’s something to write about. There’s no story when everyone is getting along!
    How is your mom feeling?
    ======

    Thanks for asking Fran – and remembering what must have been a blip in a post – you are a sweetheart.

    I think with the big “C” that sometimes the mental aspect is the worst thing. She still has more energy than anyone in our family and she’s fortunate in only having a Stage II with a great chance to beat it, even at her age.

    YEeah on Alex as carrion for the media – bunch of vipers.

  50. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Tom in NJ
    February 28th, 2010 at 11:53 am
    Bodhi, As a former journalist you know the routine better than I do, I’m sure. Sports writer has a preconceived narrative of the way things ‘are’. Hence Alex is an unlikable “clown”, to borrow Pete’s term for him, and his teammates dislike him.
    =====

    It’s one reason I lost interest; even editors want “the book”.

    What’s ridiculous, though, is that Posada’s considered the team’s emotional leader, etc. If he is hanging with Alex and expressing undying friendship, wouldn’t logic suggest he’s probably accepted in the clubhouse?

    My feeling is, there probably were a couple of clubhouse lawyers who resented the guy and milked the negative stuff from inside, and the writers were more than willing to oblige.

  51. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    …Haha, I should say especially editors. Not the most creative people…

  52. Tarheelyank February 28th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    blake
    Sounds great. Bulls games are a lot of fun. My favorite game was A couple of years ago. I got to watch Scranton whup the Bulls for the Govenors Cup. 20-2. Hughes struck out 12 in 5innings, even though he was getting squezeed by the home plate ump. An amazing performance. Miranda was awesome that night as well. Shelly gave my son a signed ball. Great night.

  53. SJ44 February 28th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Moose and Giambi backstabbed Alex in that clubhouse more than anybody.

    I’ll just leave it at that.

  54. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    SJ44
    February 28th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    Moose and Giambi backstabbed Alex in that clubhouse more than anybody.
    I’ll just leave it at that.
    ====

    Yes, I can well imagine that.

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