Sunday, November 21, 2010

Great News for the Indians (No, That isn't a Joke)

The Cleveland Indians don't get a lot of good news these days, but South Korea's baseball gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday is just that.  Why?  The win gives all the players on the South Korean roster a waiver from the required two years of military service in their home country, including Indians star Shin-Soo Choo.  The 28 year-old outfielder would have been required to leave the team to start his military service this upcoming year, as the requirement stipulates that the two year stint must be completed by the age of 30.  Choo was a big reason that the South Korean team won the gold, as he went 8-14 with three homers, 11 RBI and eight runs scored during the Asian Games.

Choo is one of the more underrated players in Major League Baseball.  Last season, in only his second full season in the majors, Choo hit .300 with 22 homers, 22 stolen bases, a .401 OBP and 90 RBI.  He has a career .297 average.  Besides Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners, Choo may be the best Asian position player in baseball.  The Indians are currently working on long-term deal for Choo.

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