July 06, 2018 10:06
Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers set a new record for the longest on-base streak by an Asian player on Wednesday.
Choo extended his streak to 44 games with two hits, one RBI, and one run in four at-bats, despite his team's 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros. Ichiro Suzuki of Japan was the previous record holder with 43 games, set in 2009.
Choo edged closer to the Rangers' record of 46 games set by Julio Franco in 1993. He is also within reach of breaking his personal home-run record of 22 in a season. He has hit 18 homers so far.
Despite Choo having his best season, there is a chance he could be traded ahead of the postseason. It could be hard for the Rangers to keep him, as they remain at the bottom of their division in the American League. Choo signed a seven-year, W130-million contract with the Rangers in 2014, which expires in 2020 (US$1=W1,119).
"The trade is not in my hands. My goal is to play hard and reach first base at least twice in each game. I'm just trying to win," he said.
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