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Shin-Soo Choo hoping to move to a better team

Oct 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

Via Paul Hoynes at the Plain Dealer is a story in the Korea Times in which Shin-Soo Choo is quoted as saying “if I could move to a better team, I could generate a better record and improve more.”

Seeing as though Choo is only in his first year of arbitration eligibility with the Indians, such sentiments are a bit premature. They’re also the sort of thing that usually causes controversy. For what it’s worth, however, Indians GM Chris Antonetti is blowing it off, saying that he met with Choo just before the end of the season and
talked to him again on the phone when he returned home to Arizona:

“During those conversations, Choo expressed his passion for winning in
Cleveland,” said Antonetti. “I will rely on what Choo told me directly
rather than translated comments through a third party.”

Stuff gets lost in translation, so that’s probably the right tack to take. Even if what Choo is quoted as saying is true. And even if what Choo is quoted as saying is what he actually said.

  1. Philly56 - Oct 13, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    I know people in Cleveland that are still mad about Lebron and now their baseball players are hightailing it out of there too.

  2. Steve C - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    With a likely projection being 300/390/490 the Indians could get quite the haul for his services.

  3. Xpensive Wino - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Who would respect any professional athlete that was comfortable playing for a loser?
    Either make a commitment to winning or send me to a team that does.
    Pretty simple.

  4. StuckOnWords - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    The idea is that it’s the first series win of the *franchise*. The Nats most certainly are the same franchise that was once in Montreal.
    Having said that, it’s also not unfair to acknowledge that any playoff success enjoyed by the Expos brought absolutely *no* enjoyment to the folks in Washington. If they don’t feel like they’ve experienced any playoff joy from their team, who could blame them? They haven’t!
    So both things are true. The Nats franchise has had some success in the past…but the Washington fans weren’t their fans when they did it.
    The Rangers were the last franchise to win a series. Glad they got that monkey off their backs. But the last franchise in its *current city* to win a series? Somebody dig that one up for us. Those folks deserve some love, too.

  5. Tribester - Oct 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM


  6. Tony A - Oct 13, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Makes sense to me. I’d certainly want to play on a winning team as opposed to a losing one…

  7. StuckOnWords - Oct 13, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Sorry…that post was intended for the “Rangers last franchise to win playoff series” blog.

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