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Former MLB All-Star Shin-Soo Choo records 2,000th Hit

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 24th, 2024 11:49pm EDT

Outfilder Choo Shin-Soo #17 of SSG Landers reacts in the bottom of the fifth inning. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

SSG Landers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo recorded his 2,000th professional hit between playing in the KBO and Major League Baseball during his second at-bat in the top of the second inning, cracking a single to center field off of Lotte Giants starting pitcher In-bok Lee.

 

On Wednesday night, the (15-11-1) SSG Landers beat the (7-17-1) Lotte Giants 12-7.

The SSG Landers are in fourth place, tied with the Samsung Lions, who have the same record. The Lotte Giants are last in the KBO.

Choo, 41, was born in Busan, South Korea, and played in the MLB for 16 seasons with the Seattle Mariners from 2005-06, the Cleveland Indians from 2006-12, the Cincinnati Reds in 2013, and the Texas Rangers from 2014-2020.

Choo was an all-star once in his MLB career in 2018.

The left-handed slugger has played with the SSG Landers since the beginning of the 2021 regular season.

Choo has played in 371 games with the SSG Landers and has a lifetime average of .257 in 1,575 plate appearances, dialing 328 hits, 56 doubles, four triples, 49 home runs, 169 RBI, 49 stolen bases, 246 walks, 313 strikeouts, and a .813 OPS.

In his 16 seasons in the MLB, Choo played in 1,652 games with a lifetime average of .275 in 7,157 plate appearances, smacking 1,671 hits, 339 doubles, 29 triples, 218 home runs, 782 RBI, 157 stolen bases, 868 walks, 1,579 strikeouts, and a .840 OPS.

The SSG Landers will play their third and final game of their series against the Lotte Giants at 5:30 a.m. EST on April 25 at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

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Matt Tallarini
Matthew (Matt) Tallarini is the Founder and Chief Correspondent for the World Baseball Network. Matt played semi-professional baseball with the Pelham Mets in Pelham, New York for four years, including the 2018 Semi Pro World Series. During the pandemic, Matt began engaging with international baseball, as a way to keep connected to the sport. Matt created the World Baseball Network and its signature website, WorldBaseball.com as a way to promote and inform similar likeminded fans about the players, teams and leagues innovating the sport of baseball and feeding into Major League Baseball (MLB). As a result of Matt’s efforts, World Baseball Network is now the benchmark standard for international baseball coverage, including MLB, MiLB, NCAA, Korea, Japan, Caribbean, Baseball United, WBC, WBSC and more. In a short time, Matt has interviewed a who’s who of global baseball legends and coaches. These include: Former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman; former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams; Mickey Callaway former MLB manager; Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach; Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics; Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player; Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs; Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals; and Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matt Tallarini is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance. Since its inception, Matt has been the Chief Correspondent for World Baseball Network. Matt has interviewed and interacted with many international players and coaches including former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams, Mickey Callaway former MLB manager, Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach, Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics, Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player, Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs, Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matthew is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance.