Tag:Shin-Soo Choo
Posted on: April 17, 2011 7:29 pm

Uehara's streak stopped

Koji UeharaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Before a full-count pitch to Shin-Soo Choo with one out in the eighth inning on Sunday, Orioles reliever Koji Uehara had gone 36 appearances without a walk.

That pitch -- much to the chagrin of Uehara and manager Buck Showalter -- was called a ball, ending the third-longest streak in baseball history behind Dennis Eckersley (41 games from 1989-1990) and John Smoltz (38 games from 2003-2004). 

"I'm not so sure it was a walk, either," Showalter said of the pitch called a ball by home plate umpire Ed Hickox, via the Baltimore Sun.

Uehara, through his interpreter, told reporters, "I think it wasn't going well with the umpires today."

After going 36 appearances without a walk, Uehara walked Travis Hafner after striking out Carlos Santana. His last walk before today was July 16, 2010, to Fred Lewis, then with the Blue Jays.

Uehara needed 29 pitches to get through the inning in which he also struck out two batters, but had needed just 33 pitches to get through the first 4 2/3 innings he'd thrown this season. Still, he said he'll be ready to pitch on Monday. He's allowed just one hit and no runs in five appearances this season.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:55 pm

Even with mono, Arroyo ready for season

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Bronson ArroyoMany have been skeptical of Bronson Arroyo's plan to pitch through mononucleosis, but the Reds starter threw 100 pitches and went into the seventh inning on Tuesday in the team's final  spring training game.

"I felt good, I can't stop coughing, but I feel good," Arroyo told MLB.com. "I'm feeling better every day. I didn't have the best command. They hit the ball hard right at some guys, but I got 100 pitchs in, and that's what I wanted to do. I'll see how I bounce back tomorrow. It will be a nice little test for me."

Arroyo gave up six hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings in the team's win over the Indians. Cleveland's two runs off of Arroyo came on solo homers by Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has owned Arroyo in the past. In regular-season games, Choo is 6 for 12 off of Arroyo with four homers, so Arroyo appeared to be in mid-season form.

"Choo hits everything I throw," Arroyo said. "I was hoping to face him one more time. I was going to tell him what was coming every pitch and see if he could deal with that."

The Reds already have two-fifths of their rotation starting the season on the disabled list, with Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey suffering injuries this spring, and Arroyo has been pushed back to the team's third game, Sunday against the Brewers after initially being scheduled to start the second game. Travis Wood will start the team's second game of the season.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:32 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:33 pm

Getting to know the Indians

Shin-Soo ChooMVP

Shin-Soo Choo has quietly become one of the best players in the game. He's also shown to be quite good under pressure. Facing the possibility of mandated military service for his native South Korea, Choo led his country to gold at the Asian games in November, hitting .571 with three homers and 11 RBI, two steals and five walks in the five-game tournament. With the gold, he and his teammates were exempted from the military service. While it can be tough to play at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park, that's nothing compared to having his career on the line for five games.

PLAYER ORACLE -- Ray Chapman to Matt LaPorta

Ray Chapman played with George Uhle for the 1920 Cleveland Indians

George Uhle played with Bob Feller for the 1936 Cleveland Indians

Bob Feller played with Minnie Minoso for the 1951 Cleveland Indians

Minnie Minoso played with Harold Baines for the 1980 Chicago White Sox

Harold Baines played with Russell Branyan for the 1999 Cleveland Indians

Russell Branyan played with Matt LaPorta for the 2010 Cleveland Indians


The Indians, of course, are the subject of one of my all-time favorite movies, Major League. However, that's just too easy for this space. I assumed a franchise as old and storied as the Indians would have something else. So I searched and found this jewel -- did you know that Abbott and Costello's famous "Who's on First" routine  was preceded by this "Bob Feller" exchange on the team's June 18, 1947, radio show.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 6, 2010 8:02 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 8:49 pm

Monday night Winter Meetings notes

Winter Meetings Day 1 of the Winter Meetings is quieting down as most media are either posting their end-of-day wraps or schmoozing in the lobby.

While many prepare for dinner and drinks, here's the latest...
  • It's a done deal: J.J. Putz has signed to close for the Diamondbacks at two years and $10 million. In one day, GM Kevin Towers has acquired three relievers. Sounds just like him.
  • Twelve -- count 'em, 12 -- have inquired on reliever Taylor Buchholz as the Providence Journal reports. The righty was one of the better relief pitchers in 2008 but has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. Buchholz was shipped from Colorado to Toronto late in 2010 and then to the Red Sox after the season. Boston then non-tendered him and would like to bring him back but the Sox will have quite the competition to work against.
  • Rays GM Andrew Friedman had a busy first day behind the scenes, even if he didn't get anything done. But enough groundwork has been laid, as he "wouldn't be surprised" to swing a trade or two by the end of the Winter Meetings, as the St. Petersburg Times relays. He needs to rebuild a bullpen and complement the offense.
  • Speaking of rebuilding the bullpen, Friedman believes he can convince reliever J.P. Howell to rejoin the Rays on a contract by the end of the week as the Times adds.
  • AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price notes that six to eight teams are interested in reliever D.J. Carrasco, who has been among the most underrated relievers the last two seasons in this humble scribe's opinion. The Mets are one such team interested.
  • Edgar Renteria appears in an Associated Press story out of Columbia and via MLB Trade Rumors , is saying there are "three options" for a 2011 deal. All options are in the NL and one of the teams is the Giants, who are thought to be interested in Renteria as a backup infielder. Renteria has said previously that he would like to end his career playing for the Cardinals or Marlins, so those could be the other clubs in play.
  • Braves GM Frank Wren says some things have caught his attention and he would like to explore these avenues as the meetings evolve. There's no indication what those avenues are, but one such avenue in Lorenzo Cain from the Brewers is probably not happening as Milwaukee is not as interested in moving Cain as the Braves were led to believe, as MLB.com notes.
  • The Reds want Miguel Cairo back and expect things to be wrapped up by the end of the week with a big-league deal as MLB.com reports.
  • The Indians are interested in talking long-term extension with Shin-Soo Choo now that Choo has received his military exemption from South Korea. He is coming off back-to-back 20-20 seasons and is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason as MLB.com relays.
  • Cleveland wants to find a defense-first third baseman to help take the pressure off the rotation that is built around groundballers. However, if a deal makes sense for the Indians for a defensively-challenged third baseman (like Edwin Encarnacion), GM Chris Antonetti wouldn't rule out such a move, says MLB.com .
  • The Twins have offered Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka a three-year deal worth $9 to $10 million. This is on top of the $5 million posting fee to be paid to Nishioka's Japanese team as AOL Fanhouse reports.
  • Doug Melvin refused to comment on Carl Pavano as Adam McCalvy of MLB.com tweets. "I'd rather not get into that," Melvin said. "I'll leave that to the rumors. You don't want to tip your hand." Sounds like Melvin just tipped his hand.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:29 pm

Hamilton runs away with AL MVP

Josh Hamilton wins the American League MVP, and while it wasn't quite the landslide that Joey Votto's NL victory was, it wasn't close, either.

Hamilton collected 22 of the 28 first-place votes, had four second-place votes and two fourth-place votes for a total of 358 points. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was second, finishing with five first-place votes and 262 overall points. Robinson Cano was third (229) and Toronto's Jose Bautista was fourth with one first-place vote and 165 total points.

Josh Hamilton Here's the final voting
Josh Hamilton, Rangers 358
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 262
Robinson Cano, Yankees 229
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 165
Paul Konerko, White Sox, 130
Evan Longoria, Rays 100
Carl Crawford, Rays 98
Joe Mauer, Twins 97
Adrian Beltre, Red Sox 83
Delmon Young, Twins 44
Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers 22
Rafael Soriano, Rays 21
CC Sabathia, Yankees 13
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians 9
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 8
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 6
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 3
Jim Thome, Twins 2
Joakim Soria, Royals 1
Mark Teixeira, Yankees 1

An interesting note, both of the MVPs made their debut for the Reds in 2007, Hamilton on opening day and Votto after rosters expanded in September. The Reds traded Hamilton after the 2007 season to the Rangers for pitcher Edinson Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:51 am

Choo is free!

Shin-Soo Choo
South Korea beat Taiwan 9-3 in the Asian Games final today, earning Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo an exemption from his country's mandatory military service.

If South Korea had not won, Choo would have faced the choice of suspending his major-league career (after batting .300 last season) or giving up his citizenship and applying to become a U.S. Citizen.

In five games, Choo batted .571 with three homers, six walks and 11 RBI, so you could say he did his part. The hero in the final was Jung-Ho Kang, who homered twice and drove in five runs. I bet he'll be getting a big fruit basket from Choo.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 12:15 pm

Choo a win away from exemption

Shin-Soo Choo is playing like a man with a lot on the line, because he is.

The Indians outfielder homered as South Korea beat host China 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday to davance to the gold medal game in the Asian Games. South Korea will face Taiwan on Friday for the championship.

All South Korean men are obligated to serve a two-year stint in the military, but a gold medal in the Asian Games would earn Choo an exemption. If South Korea loses Friday, Choo would have to decide whether to pause his burgeoning major-league career or apply for U.S. citizenship.

Apparently Choo is highly motivated -- in four games, he's 6-for-10 with three homers, five walks and nine RBI.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:14 am

Choo off to good start in Asian Games

Shin-Soo Choo There's more riding on the outcome of the Asian Games than just national pride, for the Indians it could decide the fate of their best player, Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo, playing for the South Korean team, could earn an exemption from mandatory military service if the team wins a gold medal at the games. All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve two years in the military by the end of their 30th year. Choo turned 28 in July and is coming off the best season of his Major League career.

Choo seems to be playing as if his future depends on the Asian Games, writes MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince . In a 6-1 victory over Taiwan on Saturday, Choo hit two two-run home runs, while he added a two-run double against Hong Kong in a 15-0 lead. South Korea has another preliminary-round game Tuesday against Pakistan. The semifinal is Thursday and the gold-medal game is Friday in Guangzhou, China.

If South Korea doesn't win the gold, Choo could apply to become a U.S. citizen.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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