A much anticipated press conference was held Tuesday to introduce the newest number 18 to the Baltimore media. Yoon, the 2011 Korean Baseball Organization MVP, said that he received several offers from teams in Korea to continue pitching there but that he wanted to “be competitive and play in the best league in the world” says Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com. Yoon signed for 3-years and $5.575 million last week, but apparently left more money than that on the table in Korea.
Roch Kubatko of MASN found out one pitcher that inspired Yoon.
Yoon turned down more money to stay in KBO. Wanted to pitch in the US. Grew up watching Chan Ho Park pitch. Been his dream #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 18, 2014
Chan-Ho Park, who retired in 2010 after 17 Major League seasons, was an All-Star pitcher with the Dodgers from 1994-2001, having five straight double-digit win seasons, before signing a then-record deal with the Texas Rangers and completely breaking down. Park fell off the map entirely after being traded to the Padres for Phil Nevin, and last pitched in 26 games for the Pirates.