Former major leaguer Park Byung-ho blasted a home run in his first game back with his South Korean club on Tuesday.
First, he was starting at first base and batting cleanup. Park hit a solo shot for the Nexen Heroes in their 5-4 win over the Hanwha Eagles in a Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) preseason game at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, some 160 kilometers south of Seoul. Indeed, it was a great thing to watch, especially for the Heroes fans. More so, sports bettors took a special interest in Park’s first game back, based on the bets we have seen for this game.
With the Heroes leading 2-0 in the top of the third inning, Park took Kim Min-woo over left-center field. He made this and was able to give his team a 3-0 cushion. This was Park’s only hit of the game. He drew a walk in the second inning and flied out to left in the fifth. Jang Young-suk replaced Park at first base to start the sixth.
Park Byung-ho is back from the Major League
Park spent the past two years with the Minnesota Twins. He played in 62 major league games in 2016, hitting .191 with 12 home runs and 24 RBIs. He was demoted to Triple-A Rochester in midseason and never again returned to the majors. After, Park was removed from the Twins’ 40-man roster early in 2017 and spent the entire season in Triple-A. Accordingly, he was batting .253 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 111 games.
Then, since he had two years remaining on his four-year, US$12 million contract, Park asked for a contract release. After which, Park signed a contract with the Heroes. His contract is for one year and 1.5 billion won ($1.4 million) over the winter.