South Korean baseball pitcher Park Chan Ho has decided to retire and will announce the decision on Friday, South Korea's Hanwha Eagles professional baseball club said Thursday.
Park, 39, is the first South Korean to play in Major League Baseball. In 17 years from 1994 with seven different MLB clubs, Park won 124 games, the most ever by an Asian pitcher in the majors, and put up a 4.36 ERA.
The right-hander joined South Korea's Hanwha Eagles for 2012 and won five games and lost 10 games.
"Park has notified us of his decision to retire and we decided to respect his decision," a Hanwha official said.
For 2011, Park joined Japan's Orix Buffaloes for a one-year-deal and was released after pitching only seven games for the Japanese club.