Choo Shin-soo Talks of World Series Hopes Upon Joining Rangers

Choo Shin-soo officially joined the Texas Rangers at the Major League Baseball club's ballpark in Arlington, Texas on Friday.

Sporting a No.17 uniform, he appeared with his agent Scott Boras, the club's general manager Jon Daniels and club manager Ron Washington.

"Today is a dream come true," Choo said. "My next dream is to win World Series rings."

He said one of the main reasons he chose the Rangers is because it has a lineup strong enough to win next year's World Series. The Rangers have advanced to the championship twice but have never grasped the title.

Texas Rangers outfielder Choo Shin-soo poses for a photo with his wife and sons during a press conference at Texas Rangers Ballpark on Friday. /USA Today-Newsis Texas Rangers outfielder Choo Shin-soo poses for a photo with his wife and sons during a press conference at Texas Rangers Ballpark on Friday. /USA Today-Newsis

Washington said he plans to use Choo as a leadoff hitter and put him in left field, while the player expressed confidence about his versatility. During his nine seasons in the MLB, Choo has played 583 games in right field, 160 in center field and 61 in left field.

"I want to play in as many games as possible by keeping in good form and avoiding injuries," he said.

Choo said he also chose the Rangers in light of the quiet atmosphere the move could provide for his family, adding that they were all thrilled when he struck a deal at the last minute.

He returned to Seoul early Monday morning ahead of a press event scheduled for the afternoon.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 30, 2013 09:52 KST