With Shin-Soo Choo returning back to the KBO, it marks the end of one era and the beginning of the next. We remember some of his greatest moments in Texas.
As full squad workouts begin in Surprise for the Texas Rangers, there are a few notable names not in camp.
The trade of Elvis Andrus is a glaring hole in Rangers’ camp this year, but in more recent days, the news of Shin-Soo Choo going back home has left some heavy hearts in the Rangers’ community.
After signing his seven year, $170 million contract in 2014, Choo battled injuries and struggled in his first years in Arlington, but soon became a fan and clubhouse favorite.
After Adrian Beltre retired, Choo stepped up and helped lead a young Texas Rangers team, alongside Elvis Andrus, in a quiet manner.
Not only was Choo a silent leader, but a productive player, as well.
Shin-Soo Choo played in 799 games with the Texas Rangers, finishing his career with a .260/.363/.429 slash line, while adding 114 home runs and 355 RBIs.
Choo was at the forefront of the Rangers’ batting order, and also led the way for many Asian-born players.
He broke and set records for Korean-born players that may never be broken going forward.
Choo made his presence known in the Rangers’ lineup, and I know from a fan’s perspective, we will miss seeing him.
Let’s relive some of Shin-Soo Choo’s greatest moments in a Texas Rangers uniform, beginning in July of 2015.
Shin-Soo Choo’s greatest Texas Rangers moments: The cycle
In what would become a comeback season of sorts for Shin-Soo Choo in 2015, he would find himself on “Cycle Watch” against the Colorado Rockies.
In what would be an incredibly productive night for Choo and the Texas Rangers, he would go double, homer, single and would finish it off with the three-bagger to complete the cycle.
He also added three runs driven in to his efforts that night.
The cycle was much needed for Choo, as he was just 3-22 prior to that game.
He completed the ninth cycle in Texas Rangers’ history, following Alex Rios’ against Houston in 2013.
He also made history for all Asian players, as he was the first player born there to hit for the cycle.