Choo Shin-soo Breaks Record for Most MLB Home Runs by Asian Player

  • By Lee Soon-heung

    May 28, 2018 09:48

    Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

    It was his 176th homer, breaking the record for the most home runs by an Asian player, eclipsing Japan's Hideki Matsui (175 homers) followed by another former Japanese player, Ichiro Suzuki (117 homers).

    Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers celebrates his walk-off home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas on Saturday. /AP-Yonhap

    His eighth homer of the season and third walk-off home run gave the Rangers a 4-3 victory in the home game.

    Choo made his MLB debut in 2005 and has been a key player for 10 years, since joining the Cleveland Indians in 2008.

    Choo has hit more than 20 home runs in a season five times.

    But he said, "I am not a home run hitter. I've just played in this league a long time." He added that "[Matsui] only played 10 years in the big leagues. If he had played longer, he would have more home runs than me. Somebody was going to break the record."

    No one is likely to break Choo's record for the time being as no other current Asian players have over 50 home runs.

    According to CBS Sports, Choo, whose contract with the Rangers lasts until 2020, "has a pretty good chance to become the first Asian player in MLB history to reach 200 career home runs."

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