By Mike Steffanos
I contacted Geoff Young, who authors the excellent Ducksnorts blog, and asked him if he would be kind enough to give Mets fans his impressions on Chan Ho Park from last year. Here is what he had to say:
Park was a tremendous surprise last season. He did a great job for South Korea in the World Baseball Classic and it seemed to work wonders for his confidence. For the first time since coming to San Diego, he was attacking hitters in 2006. Park's stuff is nothing special -- low-90s fastball without a lot of movement, decent curve -- but he generally did a good job of keeping the Padres in games. Park had a nasty intestinal problem last year that required surgery, and it dragged him down a lot as the season wore on. If you look at his first-half performance, I think that's a better indication of what he's capable of doing. The Mets got him at a great price. A lot of us were hoping Park would return with the Padres, but once David Wells signed, the best they could give him was a shot at the bullpen and it sounds like Park wanted to start. Maybe having low expectations played a part, but he ended up being a lot more useful than I'd expected. I think (and hope) he'll do well for you guys.
I'll update the Chan Ho Park preview I wrote Saturday to include Geoff's insights.
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