Baseball fans have much to be excited about as 2013 Major League Baseball kicked off on Monday in the United States. Choo Shin-soo of the Cincinnati Reds and Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to make their marks on the big league.
Choo will be the lead-off hitter for the Reds in a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels starting Tuesday. He will be joined by Korean-American catcher Hank Conger, also called Choi Hyun, on the roster.
Ryu is on the 25-man roster released by the Dodgers on Monday ahead of the team's opening day. He is the first professional Korean player to make it onto an opening day roster in his debut year.
"My goal is to be the rookie of the year, so I’d like to get 12 or 13 wins," Ryu said at a press conference in Los Angeles ahead of the season start.
Since 2001, only three rookie pitchers have received the award in the National League. ESPN placed Ryu as the fourth candidate on a list of possible selections released on Sunday.
He will make his debut against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday following Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.