Sunday, August 1, 2021

Hoy Jun Park debuts for Pirates, becoming third Korean in team history.

via Chosun Ilbo
Hoy Jun Park debuted for the Pittsburgh Pirates today, going 1 for 4 and becoming the third Korean to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates in team history. Park was acquired last week from the New York Yankees and made his first MLB start today at shortstop. He is the third Korean to play for the Pirates, after Chan-ho Park in 2010 and Jung-ho Kang from 2015 through 2019, though the Pirates have had several other Korean prospects and players in their system over the last three decades.

"Hoy" is how his name has been romanized, though the Korean corresponds to "Hyo" (효). Though I don't know the details of Park's name, inconsistencies like this do sometimes happen if a family member makes a mistake applying for a passport. A Korean-language wiki, referring to another uncited article, claims the change was intentional when creating his passport in order to make it easier for non-Koreans to pronounce.

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