July 23, 2015 11:07
Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers was having his worst MLB season ever until he hit for the cycle on Tuesday.
Rangers Manager Jeff Banister excluded Choo from the lineup three times out of four games since the All Star break, as Choo finished the first half of the season with a record of 11 homeruns, 38 RBIs and a batting average of 0.221.
Local newspapers including the Dallas Morning News said that the Rangers should trade Choo as he has been playing at a level way below his annual salary of US$18.5 million.
Choo himself expressed his frustration saying he didn't think he could do any worse than last season when he hit 13 homers and had a batting average of 0.242.
But Choo showed signs of life in an away game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. He hit for the cycle to become the first Asian player in the Major League and the eighth Ranger to do so.
Choo started the game batting seventh. In the top of the second inning with runners on first base and no outs, he hit a one-RBI double off a 138 km/h cutter thrown by starter Kyle Kendrick. As a leadoff hitter in the fourth inning, Choo hit his 12th homerun of the season. He then recorded a hit in the fifth inning and a triple in the ninth to complete the cycle.
The Rangers won the game 9-0.
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