Shin-Soo Choo
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Shin-Soo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo is a South Korean professional baseball outfielder currently playing for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball in the United States. Choo was selected as the Most Valuable Player and Best Pitcher of the 2000 World Junior Baseball Championship as South Korea won the event. Choo signed a $1.35 million contract with the Mariners after the championship and converted to the outfield.
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Rangers Beat A's 5-2 on Beltre Slam, Lose Choo to Broken Arm
NYTimes - 7 months
Adrian Beltre's decisive grand slam came shortly after the Texas Rangers ended a 24-inning scoreless streak — and three batters after Shin-Soo Choo was possibly lost for the season with a fractured left forearm when he was hit by a pitch.
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Text of Rule for 7th-Inning Play in Rangers-Blue Jays
NYTimes - over 1 year
Text from the Major League Baseball Umpire Manual on the rule covering the play in which Toronto catcher Russell Martin's throw back to the pitcher deflected off Rangers batter Shin-Soo Choo and allowed a run to score:
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Rangers Steal Home On The Most Unlikely Play Ever
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This kind of thing is only supposed to happen in little league when my dad is watching. The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the top of the 7th after this fluke throw by catcher Russell Martin. The ball hit Shin-Soo Choo's bat on its way back to the pitcher:  This is how the Rangers just took the lead in game 5 of the ALDS — Fan Of NLCS Team (@TheBlogfines) October 14, 2015 Rougned Odor scampered home and the run stood up to review. Given that it's Game 5 of the American League Division Series, our expert analysts at The Huffington Post have decided that this will be "A Thing" if the Rangers hold on and win. UPDATE: It's not A Thing. The Blue Jays won. Bonus game footage: An angry Blue Jays fan reportedly threw a beer on a baby.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a we ...
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Fielder, Choo Homer as Rangers Beat Royals 5-2
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Prince Fielder homered and had three hits, Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run for the second straight game and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Wednesday night.
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Rangers fend off Rays, win fourth straight
Fox News - almost 2 years
St. Petersburg, FL ( - Elvis Andrus knocked in two runs as part of a four-run second inning and the Texas Rangers held off the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, to earn their fourth straight win.Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder and Delino DeShields each had an RBI for the Rangers, who are coming off a three-game sweep at Houston
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Peguero Hits 2 Homers, Rangers Rout Astros 11-3 Behind Lewis
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Carlos Peguero hit a pair of solo homers, Shin-Soo Choo had a two-run shot and the Texas Rangers routed the Houston Astros 11-3 Wednesday night behind eight strong innings from Colby Lewis.
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Rangers beat A's in 10 innings
Fox News - almost 2 years
Arlington, TX ( - Rougned Odor's bases-loaded single plated Shin-Soo Choo with the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Texas Rangers an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Shin-Soo Choo doubled to right field
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G.M. expects Vogelsong to start, sees no big moves
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said he envisions pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, whose one-year contract was finalized Wednesday, in the rotation to open the season. [...] Sabean said the Giants aren't in on any high-ticket free agents, including outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran, and reiterated he wouldn't sign anyone who received a qualifying offer because it would cost the Giants their first-round draft pick. The Twins' Josh Willingham and the Yankees' Brett Gardner, both of whom can be free agents after the 2014 season, could be available in trades, but Sabean said he might not get a left fielder until spring training - or even midseason. More hurt than anything else, but after taking a couple of days and gathering myself and reading between the lines a little bit personally, I felt like San Francisco and this family was the best place for me and (wife) Nicole, and we were going to try to do what we needed to make things work and get back here.
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Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees Agree To 7-Year Deal Pending Physical: REPORTS
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Jacoby Ellsbury and the New York Yankees agreed to a seven-year contract worth $153 million on Tuesday, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Citing an unnamed source, Feinsand reported the deal is done pending a physical. An unnamed person described as "familiar with the negotiations" told The Associated Press that Ellsbury would submit to a physical in New York on Wednesday and that an agreement with the terms reported by Heyman and Feinsand was near. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick also reported that Ellsbury and the Yankees had agreed to a seven-year contract pending a physical, citing an unnamed baseball source. The fleet-footed 30-year-old center fielder spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Boston Red Sox. He batted .298 and stole an American League-leading 52 bases during the 2013 season and became a free agent after Boston won the World Series. The Yankees were one of four teams going "hard" after Ellbsury, reported Ken ...
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Boras Has a Few Zingers, and a Few Free-Agent Stars, for the Mets
NYTimes - over 3 years
The agent Scott Boras, whose clients include Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Stephen Drew, has made a point in recent years to tweak the Mets, and did so again Wednesday.     
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UPDATE: SF Giants GM Brian Sabean shunning players with qualifying offers
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
UPDATE, 3:40 P.M.: Ubaldo Jimenez could be a perfect fit for the mound at AT&T Park. Or, imagine Shin-Soo Choo adding that high on-base percentage to the lineup. Not going to happen, at least not soon. That was the message from Giants general manager Brian Sabean as he checked into the general manager meetings tonight in Orlando, Fla. The 13 players who were tendered $14.1 million qualifying offers all turned them down, so they’re all in the free agent pool now. While the Giants plan to cast a wide net to find two starters to round out the rotation — and secondarily find a left fielder — Sabean termed it Read More
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The Simplest Argument Against A Big-Ticket Signing
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The other day, Ken Rosenthal expressed that the Mariners want Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo. On its own, that hardly says anything — every team would want Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, and indeed each player will have maybe as many as a dozen ...
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Many top players set to test free agent market
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Open season for Major League Baseball free agents kicks in at midnight, with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox among teams with key players poised to test the market. Teams had until Monday afternoon to make one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers to their prospective free agents in order to be entitled to draft pick compensation should those players sign with other teams. Among players receiving qualifying offers but expected to test free agent waters are a trio of Red Sox players fresh off their Fall Classic triumph - outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew. Other top members of the free agent class receiving qualifying offers include second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda of the Yankees and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo of the Reds.
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Reds make offer to Choo
Fox News - over 3 years
Cincinnati, OH ( - The Cincinnati Reds have made a qualifying contract offer on Monday to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.Choo has seven days to accept the deal, but can still re-sign with the Reds if he rejects the $14.1 million offer
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Reds choose Bryan Price for next manager
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving Price a three-year deal Tuesday that came with expectations that he'll take them deep into the playoffs right away. Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff. General manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to make a change. Price was a left-handed pitcher for six years in the minors, his career scuttled by elbow surgery. [...] Jocketty has several important lineup decisions to make to try to keep the Reds competitive in the NL Central, which sent three teams to the playoffs. The Pirates passed the Reds for second place and home-field advantage for the wild-card playoff during the final week of the se ...
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Choo helps Reds edge Mets in extras, clinch playoff berth
Fox News - over 3 years
Shin-Soo Choo's single into deep left plated the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds clinched a playoff berth on Monday with a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.
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Choo, Votto power Reds past Brewers
Fox News - over 3 years
Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto each homered and drove in three runs, helping the Cincinnati Reds to a much needed 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shin-Soo Choo
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On August 16, 2016, it was announced that Choo would miss the rest of the season when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his left forearm.
    More Details Hide Details Choo was on the 2009 World Baseball Classic Korean roster. Cleveland allowed Choo to play under the condition that he play only one game or less as an outfielder in the first round, and only in two non-consecutive games of the second round. Cleveland lifted this restriction from the semifinals on, and Choo started as an outfielder in the semifinal match against Venezuela. He helped Korea win 10-2 against Venezuela with a three-run home run against Carlos Silva in the first inning. He also contributed a solo home run in the fifth inning in the finals against Hisashi Iwakuma of Japan, where Korea lost to Japan 5 - 3. Choo and his wife Won-mi Ha have three children, Alan, Aiden, and Abigail. Choo is the nephew of Park Jeong-Tae, a former second baseman for the Lotte Giants. Choo has been a close friend of Lee Dae-Ho, infielder in the Seattle Mariners organization, since attending the same elementary school together.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    He vastly improved in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details In a crucial role, he hit .276 with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs with a .375 OBP.
    On July 21, 2015, Choo hit for the cycle against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, he became the ninth player in Rangers history to hit for the cycle as well as the first Asian player in the MLB to accomplish this feat.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    He battled ankle injuries for most of the season and played in only 123 games while putting up a slash line of .242/.340/.374; making 2014 the worst season of his ten-year career.
    More Details Hide Details It was a major blow to the Rangers as they heavily invested that he and newly acquired Prince Fielder would contribute to help the team win a division title. Instead he was added unto the long list of injuries that kept the Rangers out of contention along with Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, and many others.
  • 2013
    Age 30
    On December 21, 2013, it was reported that Choo had agreed a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers, pending a physical examination.
    More Details Hide Details The Rangers officially introduced Choo on December 27. However his first season with the team did not go well.
    On October 2, 2013 Choo homered in the bottom of the 8th inning in the wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    More Details Hide Details He is the first Korean batter who hit a home run in Major League Baseball postseason.
    On September 9, 2013, Choo set the Reds' team record for hit by pitches in a season.
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    On May 8, 2013, Choo hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning in a game with the Atlanta Braves.
    More Details Hide Details It was his second walk-off home run in Major League Baseball. On August 27 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Choo hit his 100th career home run.
    On February 11, 2013, Choo avoided arbitration with his new team, the Reds, by agreeing to a one-year, $7.375 million deal, the exact midpoint between both sides.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    On December 11, 2012, Choo was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with Jason Donald in a three team, nine player deal also involving the Arizona Diamondbacks.
    More Details Hide Details The trade brought Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers, Bryan Shaw, and Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    It was a pitch from Sanchez that hit Choo in 2011, resulting in a broken thumb and nearly two months on the disabled list.
    More Details Hide Details Choo would finish the game and win it for the Indians in the tenth inning when he hit a two-run double. On April 24, Choo left in the eighth inning in a game versus the Royals after suffering a mild hamstring strain. Choo would return on May 2 in a 6 - 3 Indians win versus the Chicago White Sox. On May 24 in series finale home game against the Detroit Tigers, Choo hit a second-deck home run off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the first inning. That was Choo's first career lead-off home run. The Indians won that game 2-1, finishing the sweep against the Tigers.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    On September 19, 2010, Choo again reached the 20-20 club of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the second straight year.
    More Details Hide Details He also led the AL right fielders in assists with 14. Choo showed promise in spring training, hitting for a .322 average with three home runs in 19 games. However, Choo's season fell apart quickly. In what was his worst statistical season as an Indian, Choo finished the season with eight home runs, a .259 batting average, 12 stolen bases, and 36 RBIs while accumulating 78 strikeouts and 36 walks in 313 at-bats. On June 24, Choo was hit by San Francisco Giants pitcher Jonathan Sánchez on his left thumb. The resulting fracture kept him out for six weeks. On August 23, during the first game of a double header against his former club, the Seattle Mariners, a game in which during an earthquake he hit a double. In the ninth inning, Choo hit his first walk-off home run. On September 1, Choo pulled a side muscle and was placed on the disabled list again, ending his season.
    Choo hit three home runs in a road game against the Kansas City Royals on September 17, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He first hit a two-run homer 420 ft to right in the top of the fourth inning. In his next at bat he hit a towering grand slam to deep center. In the top of the eighth Choo hit a 405 ft solo homer over the right field wall. Choo finished the game a three-run homer away from the elusive "home run cycle".
    Choo became eligible for arbitration after the 2010 season, and agreed to a $3.975 million deal.
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    On February 26, 2010, Choo hired baseball agent Scott Boras.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    On October 3, 2009, Choo hit his twentieth homer off of Paul Byrd of the Boston Red Sox, thus joining the 20-20 club.
    More Details Hide Details He is the first Asian to accomplish this feat in the Major Leagues. He was also the only player in the AL to have a .300 average, 20 home runs, and 20 stolen bases at the same time. He finished the season with 20 home runs, 21 steals, 86 RBIs, and a .300 batting average.
    In February 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Indians.
    More Details Hide Details During that season, he broke his own records for home runs, RBIs, stolen bases and hits. On July 3, Choo hit two home runs and a career-high seven RBIs in an Indians 15 - 3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    In the 2008 season, Choo was called up on May 31 and spent the rest of the season with the Indians.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season (after 317 at-bats) with a .309 batting average, 98 hits, 14 home runs, and 66 RBIs. His hit and RBI totals were also a new record by a Korean-born player in the MLB. Thanks to a hot September where he put up a .400 batting average, 34 hits, 5 home runs, and 24 RBIs, Choo was named the AL Player of the Month.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    Choo missed several months of the 2007 season due to injury and in September 2007 underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
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    He spent the first few weeks of the 2007 regular season with the Buffalo Bisons, a Triple-A team in the International League affiliated with the Indians, before being called up on April 23, 2007, to take the place of the injured third baseman Andy Marte.
    More Details Hide Details He was optioned back to Buffalo on May 3.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    He was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with minor leaguer Shawn Nottingham on July 26, 2006, for first baseman Ben Broussard.
    More Details Hide Details Two days after being traded, Choo hit a solo home run against his former club in a 1 - Indians victory. In 45 games with the Indians, he batted .295 (43 for 146) with three home runs and 22 RBIs.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    Choo made his Major League Baseball debut with the Seattle Mariners on April 21, with the Class A affiliate for the Seattle Mariners the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in, but spent most of the 2005 season and the first half of the season in the minor leagues with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers.
    More Details Hide Details He batted .068 in a handful of major league at-bats over two years.
  • 2000
    Age 17
    Choo was selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Pitcher of the 2000 World Junior Baseball Championship as South Korea won the event.
    More Details Hide Details Choo signed a $1.35 million contract with the Mariners after the championship and converted to the outfield.
  • 1982
    Born on July 13, 1982.
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