Coming off a disappointing season at Triple-A Rochester, South Korean first baseman ByungHo Park has decided to remain in the Twin Cities for the bulk of this offseason in hopes of righting his major league career. “As I understand it, he is going to work out stateside for the offseason,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. “He’ll be here for the entirety of the offseason.” Park, 31, has not been back to Target Field since ending his Red Wings season with park-adjusted production that was right at league average for the International League. After missing a month early in the year with a strained hamstring, Park hit .253 with a .308 on-base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage. How has Park handled this adversity after signing a four-year, $12 million deal to leave the Korea Baseball Organization after 2015? “Incredibly professionally,” Falvey said. “He’s a guy who’s obviously had a lot of success (in the KBO). He’s had some ups and downs now in his career over here. I think he knows that. I view it similarly. He needs to focus and grow in different spaces and control what he can control, which is play and be the best he can be.
Twins’ ByungHo Park plans to stay in Twin Cities this offseason
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Sep 27