Choo Shin-soo Gets 1,000th Hit

Choo Shin-soo of MLB's Texas Rangers had four hits at five at-bats on Saturday against the Houston Astros. He was playing as the designated hitter in the leadoff position.

He became the third Asian player in MLB history to have 1,000 hits in the league, following Ichiro Suzuki of the New York Yankees, who has 2,811 hits, and retired Hideki Matsui, who had 1,253 hits.

Choo also had his 100th hit of the season, reaching the feat for three consecutive seasons. 

Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers swings a bat in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Houston on Saturday. Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers swings a bat in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Houston on Saturday.

This season has been a nightmare for Choo. He landed a huge US$130 million deal with the Rangers in December last year as a free agent, but he has not been able to live up to his price tag.

He suffered an ankle injury in May, and his batting average plummeted to 0.179 in June and 0.219 in July. ESPN recently ranked Choo as one of the 10 worst off-season signings in the MLB.

Choo's performance on Saturday was a much needed consolation for him, the team and the fans. Even so, the Rangers lost the game 8-3.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 11, 2014 10:54 KST