Saturday, April 9, 2016

Park Bang No. 1

Byung Ho Park rounds the bases after
his eighth-inning go-ahead homer.
Byung Ho Park parked one Friday night for his first official major league home run, a 417-foot shot into a stiff wind in a very difficult power venue.

I'd like to say he got it off a quality pitcher, but I'm not sure that Joakim Soria  qualifies as such these days. The former All Star was great before the injury that cost him the 2012 season, and last year he had a deceptively good ERA and 24 saves, but after watching him in a couple of televised games I have my doubts that he'll long retain the eighth inning role in Kansas City.

It's an interesting slash line Park has built in three major league games. Interesting but insignificant, given that it's all of 12 plate appearances and nine official at-bats: .222/.417/.556. If he does that all year, it's a bargain for the Twins.

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