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New York Yankees: Chan Ho Park Arrives

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IMarch 1, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  Chan Ho Park #61 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 7-3 to win the series 4 games to 2. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Chan Ho Park spoke with reporters about becoming a Yankee even though he had a better offer from the Phillies and also had an offer from the Washington Nationals.

Here are some quotes from his first day in camp :

On why he choose the Yankees : “It wasn’t easy to make a decision, because a lot of teams asked,” Park said. “But I’m trying to get a ring. That’s the most important thing.”

Park said he wanted to return to Philly, but that it was “too late” once he finally decided: “Philadelphia was the number one choice, and I had a tough time to leave there,” Park said. “Now, it’s a new team, so let’s go to the next step.”

On shaving his beard to conform the Yankees no facial hair policy: “I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do,” Park said, rubbing his cheek.

Alex Rodriguez on facing Park in the World Series: “He had a great year last year,” Alex Rodriguez said. “I faced him in the World Series. He had great movement and his velocity was up in the mid-90s. He looked good. I thought he was a great weapon for Philly, and hopefully he can be the same for us.”

Brian Cashman on why he likes Park : “He throws harder,” Cashman said. “We saw it in the postseason here and we saw it in the Dodgers-Phillies postseason the previous year, where he just came out of the ‘pen with a plus fastball and a snap-dragon breaking ball.

“He just goes right after hitters. His personality and his tool-set seem to play up out of the ‘pen. He’ll just have to do it without a beard.”

Cashman on Park arriving to camp late : “The one thing that we want to express to him is, don’t rush,” Cashman said. “You’ve got plenty of time. I know [he] was throwing a lot at home, but we’ve got to make sure that he’s physically even before we start throwing him into games.”

Cashman on keeping Edwar Ramirez : “Selfishly, we hope that we can keep him in the organization,” Cashman said. “We’ll know in the next 10 days how realistic that is.”

Thoughts: I hope Cashman is right about Park and I’m glad the Yankees are interested in keeping Ramirez, but I don’t see it happening. Ramirez is a reliever with one dominating pitch, there has got to be a team out there who thinks they can help him improve his fastball.

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