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Pirates' Chan Ho Park Sets Wins Record For Asian-Born Pitchers

Pirates reliever Chan Ho Park's win in yesterday's 5-1 defeat of the Marlins set the record for the most major-league wins by an Asian-born pitcher, with 124. The record was previously held by Hideo Nomo.

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Park pitched very well last night, recording six strikeouts in three innings, and actually, he has pitched pretty well for the Pirates overall. But more than two thirds of his career wins were recorded by the end of the 2001 season, after which he signed an infamous free agent contract with the Texas Rangers. There, his career began to fall apart as he struggled with decline, injury and the Rangers' tough ballpark. Since he left the Rangers in 2005, he has kept his career alive as a swingman and reliever, with only modest success. Still, give Park credit for perseverance - he's still a major leaguer at age 37, and that was long enough for him to set the record.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.