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Park Chan-Ho again fails to get 10th win

Posted July. 16, 2000 21:23,   


¡°Chan-Ho is a mystery to me.¡±

They are the words L.A. Dodgers manager Davey Johnson uttered at the end of the first half. What he meant was that it is hard to understand why some times Park hurls untouchable balls just like an ace and other times he crumbles like a minor leaguer.

No doubt, Park Chan-Ho is ranked as an A-rated pitcher in the major league but he is not a top-rated pitcher such as Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks), Kevin Brown(L.A. Dodgers) and Greg Maddux(Atlanta Braves).

It requires `ball movement` and `control` to be an ace, and Park is lacking in control.

Park Chan-Ho, with his head shaved, failed to scoop his 10th win. At his first start for the second half on the 16th, an interleague game against the Anaheim Angels at Dodger Stadium, Park pitched 5 innings with only 5 hits but gave up 3 runs due to his 7 walks, which was the game-losing factor.

His 7 walks ties his individual one game walk record. Until the 5th inning, 49 out of 111 balls thrown were balls. The 7 walks increased his season tally to 78 and this has handed Park the disgraceful title of highest base on balls pitcher in the national league. Park remarked, "Due to my bad condition, I was not able

to throw with much confidence."