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Give It Up for Chan Ho Park
2008-06-27 22:24
by Jon Weisman

Every year it seems, I'm dead wrong about someone. Rudy Seanez, Takashi Saito ... the list goes back as far as Dodger Thoughts. This year, it's Chan Ho Park. Don't know what will happen from here on out, but you've got to hand it to him - he's been simply superb so far (2.52 ERA). And he's starting to do it with authority. In two starts, June 21 and tonight, Park has gone 11 innings and allowed one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out 16.

Dodger pitchers struck out 14 tonight, including the final six (by Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito).

2008-06-27 22:30:11
1.   natepurcell
Being finally fully healthy certainly helps too I think.

Either way, hopefully he can keep it up.

BTW, when did Brian the Falken Cyborg start throwing 96mph gas?....HUH?!?!?

2008-06-27 22:31:33
2.   Gagne55
Park has actually made three starts this year. He had a 4IP 2R (1ER) start against the Angels earlier as well.
2008-06-27 22:31:59
3.   tjdub
1 hr recap of '88 game 1 on ESPN Classic tomorrow morning at 9:00 PDT
2008-06-27 22:33:25
4.   underdog
They even gave him some love and a shout out on SportsCenter! No highlights of him pitching of course (they showed Martin and Ethier's homers) but at least there was recognition. BBTN probably would've showed one highlight and then blathered on about how the Dodgers need pitching.
2008-06-27 22:37:18
5.   Gagne55
4 Knowing baseballtonight, they'd show several of his strike threes.
2008-06-27 22:37:37
6.   68elcamino427
Did Vin say before the game began that Park had not beaten the Angels in four previous attempts?
It is so gratifying to see a man come back and perform at the highest level when just about everyone has counted him out. Chan Ho!
2008-06-27 22:43:33
7.   natepurcell
Seriously though...when did Falkenborg start throwing gas?
2008-06-27 22:44:03
8.   Bluebleeder87

Chan Ho Park has one of the best winning % at Dodger Stadium in HISTORY That kind of jumps out at you, when Vinnie mentioned it. I can't wait till tomorrow at 9am to watch the recap of the '88 series.

2008-06-27 22:44:15
9.   silverwidow
This was the most dominating combined pitching effort of the season.

Park was great, Falkenborg looks FAR better than Proctor, Broxton was an absolute beast (even hit 100 MPH), and Saito looked like his old self.

2008-06-27 22:46:07
10.   Bluebleeder87
Ethier hitting the home run was also a good remeasuring thing to watch, we're gonna need all of our team to perform to be competitive.
2008-06-27 22:47:07
11.   Bluebleeder87
NedCo is talking to the FSN Dudes now...
2008-06-27 22:47:47
12.   Louis in SF
Vin mentioned it a number of times in the broadcast. Mentioned earlier, but have always wondered if CHP had been able to stay with the Dodgers and accept, don't remember the number a fairly healthy contract, how good he would have been. Great thing about tonight's performance was his velocity, TV gun was showing 96 on a number of pitches-great control...If Park and Stultz can continue this way, a trade I would try at the deadline would be to offer Lowe back to the Sox or to the Yanks for some good prospects or 1 good pinch hitter and 1 mid-level power prospect.
2008-06-27 22:49:11
13.   KG16
Colleti is on Dodgers Live right now, for some reason, I expected him to have more of a squeaky voice. He also just admitted that Jones might not get his starting spot when he comes back.
2008-06-27 22:52:37
14.   skybluestoday
Hooray for Chan Ho Park! Hooray!
2008-06-27 22:52:43
15.   silverwidow
Hinted that Kershaw could be sent down.
2008-06-27 22:53:34
16.   Bluebleeder87
in the back of my mind I'm thinking is A-Jones a burn out at 30 years old? I hope not & I hope he proves him self that he is not, man, how sad would that be, so much talent.
2008-06-27 22:53:42
17.   68elcamino427
There's 36 million reasons that he'll be back out there.
It's ok, just put Kemp in left and Ethier in right:)
2008-06-27 22:54:07
18.   nofatmike
8 Speaking of '88, they have the '88 season recap, "The Eyes of a Winner," in the Dodgers section of Time-Warner's "On-Demand" feature. As a person who doesn't remember that season (I was only 3) it's interesting to see the little moments that made that season exciting. For instance, I didn't know Tim Leary had a Dreifort-esque moment when he knocked in the winning-run with the bases-loaded.
2008-06-27 22:55:58
19.   Bluebleeder87
So when can the Dodgers sign Russell Martin to multiple years? I just hope Ned Colletti didn't drop the ball earlier in the year.
2008-06-27 22:57:46
20.   Bluebleeder87
I use to have Time Warner know I don't.
2008-06-27 22:59:23
21.   Lexinthedena
I'm not againts sending Kershaw down if Penny and Kuroda return 100%, and Stults shows that he's no fluke (which he's not).
2008-06-27 22:59:35
22.   Bluebleeder87

I was at that game I think... if the hit went thru the middle of Short & 3rd (LF) then that's the game I was at.

Lasorda use to use him a lot from what I remember.

2008-06-27 23:00:47
23.   Icaros

The game was against San Francisco.

2008-06-27 23:14:50
24.   Eric Enders
Leary's hit was a line drive up the middle. I was listening to it on the car radio, but I saw the replay enough times later on. 11th or 12th inning, something like that. 12th, probably.

Speaking of pitchers pinch hitting, it was kid of weird how Vin barely acknowledged the strange event of Stults pinch hitting when there were position players still left on the bench. I thought it was cool that Torre did that; too bad he struck out.

2008-06-27 23:17:36
25.   Eric Enders
That "Through the Eyes of a Winner" film is great, by the way. I watch it probably once a year on average.
2008-06-27 23:25:56
26.   Jon Weisman
24 - I was there.

2 - I hadn't forgotten that start. I was noting that with the most recent two starts, he was dominating.

2008-06-27 23:29:16
27.   nofatmike
25 The one thing I like about it is that has a more serious tone. They had recaps of '81, '82, '83, '85, and '87 up last year and those ones seemed a little too goofy to me, almost like they didn't put a whole lot of time and effort.
2008-06-27 23:31:30
28.   nofatmike
18 And also, for a guy that didn't seem to hit too many HR's that year, Franklin Stubbs seemed like he had some timely ones.
2008-06-27 23:47:29
29.   Eric Enders
Neither Dylan Hernandez's nor Diamond Leung's game stories say whether the bunt was LaRoche's call or Torre's. I really can't see any way Torre would have called for that, though.

One thing we do learn from the stories is that Dylan Hernandez doesn't know the definition of suicide squeeze.

2008-06-27 23:52:41
30.   Louis in SF

In Diamond Leung's blog he says the bunt was La Roche's call.

I only have the MLB package not Fox, what did Ned say of note?

2008-06-28 00:16:14
31.   silverwidow
Just a guess...

Nomar return = Sweeney DFA
Furcal return = Maza optioned

A DFA is necessary to activate Nomar.

2008-06-28 00:22:21
32.   Eric Enders
The 40-man roster's pretty short on DFA candidates. The only real possibilities are Bennett, Sweeney, Falkenborg, Maza, Repko, and Mario Alvarez.
2008-06-28 00:27:08
33.   Doctor

I was also a non-believer, and didn't see the game tonight, but I'm not sure Chan-Ho has been throwing mid(upper?)-90's the last few years.... so maybe it's real. Amazing command with the curveball also lately.

2008-06-28 00:29:28
34.   bhsportsguy
32 Geez Eric, DFAing Bennett when he is on the 60-day DL, how low can you go, especially when it wouldn't solve the problem anyway. :)

My hunch is that its probably Sweeney, though you could see DeWitt or LaRoche being sent back too unless you plan to carry 3 thirdbaseman.

2008-06-28 00:32:16
35.   Eric Enders
Park's awful BB/K ratio early in the season was a huge warning signal that he wasn't for real, but now his BB/K is starting to come more in line with his ERA. And yeah, the fact that he's throwing 93 mph (you always have to subtract 2 for the overzealous Dodger Stadium gun) is encouraging.
2008-06-28 00:35:14
36.   Eric Enders
34 Heh. OK, so Bennett's not a candidate. But sending half of DeRoche down doesn't solve the problem either unless you're going to DFA them also.
2008-06-28 00:41:37
37.   Eric Enders
Diamond Leung, from his blog:

- - - -
Torre spent pre-game going over one play the previous day when James Loney made a diving stop at first base to record an out, but didn't need to do so since a shift was on and three infielders were overloaded on the right side of the infield.

"It's James," Torre sighed.
- - - -

That's been Loney's main defensive problem all year -- ranging too far to his right on balls he should let the second baseman get, leaving nobody to cover first. But I guess he learned his lesson because the exact situation came up tonight (on Kent's diving play) and Loney ran straight to the bag. Ordinarily he would have gone after that ball, which would have resulted in the play getting screwed up.

2008-06-28 01:37:49
38.   coachjpark
Go Chan Ho! Fighting!

In 1994, when I was in 9th grade and I was beginning my JV baseball career, that's when Chan Ho began his career with the Dodgers. And since then, I've been following his career pretty closely.

Since he's probably eating Korean food every day, he's probably added a good 2-3 mph on his fastball. Good for you, Chan Ho....

2008-06-28 07:36:25
39.   Dodger Dawg
Great game by Park. I thought the Dodgers were crazy to sign him , but he's proved me wrong. I guess it shows what happens when he's finally healthy and happy to be back in LA again. Also the fact that there were no expectations put on him helped. Either way keep up the good work Chan Ho!
2008-06-28 08:43:45
40.   Neal Pollack
That was a fantastic game last night, despite our usual problems hitting with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers pitching has been excellent, across the board, since Penny and Proctor went on the DL. I will give the balance of my checking account to anyone who guessed, at the beginning of the season, that Park, Stults, and Kuroda would have been on the winning end of shutouts in the same month.
2008-06-28 08:47:35
41.   Greg Brock
Park, Stults and Kuroda opened for Canned Heat back in '69, I believe.

Good show.

2008-06-28 08:53:51
42.   Jon Weisman
40 - I totally guessed. Totally.

But here's somewhere else to give the balance of your checking account, if you're so inclined:


2008-06-28 09:00:42
43.   Disabled List
I went to the Tigers-Rockies game at Comerica Park last night. Beautiful stadium, very shiny and comfortable. It's nice to see a blighted city like Detroit have a real jewel of a place that the locals can be proud of. Overall, I've been impressed with Detroit. It's kinda cool, in a bombed-out sort of way.

I took some pictures of Tiger Stadium. It's still there, just rusting away. Along with old Boston Garden, it's one of the two venues I wish I could've seen a game at before it closed. I'm told that it's finally going to be demolished later this year, which is a shame. It would've been nice if they had kept the stadium operating for exhibitions and things like that.

2008-06-28 09:39:00
44.   DaDoughboy
Successfully convinced my dad (a die hard Halos fan)that we have our ace going tonight in Billingsley..I mean, he is leading the team in wins, K's, and ERA..averages about 6 innings per start, and has a WHIP of 1.382 (slightly larger than last year). I guess my pops has me worried about how much we're going to have to spend on him considering he is only 23 and is on the upswing of what should be a great career.

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