June 07, 2019 11:02
Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers has hit his 200th career homer in Major League Baseball, becoming the first Asian player to achieve the feat.
With his team trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, Choo blasted a solo homer off Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles to reach the milestone.
It was his 11th home run of the season. The home crowd chanted "Choo" and applauded to congratulate him. Choo went 2-for-5 including one homer, one walk, two runs and two RBIs, but the Rangers lost 12-11.
Choo made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2005, and needed 15 seasons and 1,523 games to reach 200 homers. He was already the record holder for the most home runs by an Asian player.
Retired New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui is in second place with 175, and the legendary Ichiro Suzuki, who retired at the beginning of this season, is in third place with 117. Over the course of 150 years of MLB history, only 349 players have hit 200 homers or more.
Many consider Choo to be past his prime now that he is in his late 30s, but he is still hot at the plate. As of Tuesday, he had played in 55 games this season, with a 0.302 batting average, 11 home runs and 28 RBIs.
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