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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hal McCoy: ‘And this one belongs to the Cubs’

Mr. Choo? Did I stumble onto Spankwire.com by mistake or something?

DUSTY BAKER WAS the president of the Shin-Soo Choo Admiration Soceity even before the Korean-born outfielder put on a Cincinnati Reds uniform.

And now that he wears a Reds uniform Baker has added to that admiration. He calls him Mr. Choo.

“I knew Mr. Choo could play,” said Baker. “I coveted Mr. Choo when he played for Cleveland and he was killing us. He is a ballplayer and the environment here is conducive to most guys playing excellently.”

Mr. Choo, Mr. Choo, what can you do, Mr. Choo? He has been on base 18 times in his last 23 plate appearances, that’s what he can do.

HE IS HITTING .387 and leads the league in on-base average (.535), hits (29) and has reached base at least once in all 20 games he has played. And, of course, he not only gets hits, he gets hit.

Choo not only leads everybody in baseball with his 10 hit by pitches, he leads every team in baseball. None of the other 29 teams have a total of 10 hit batsmen. And a bruised Choo concerns Baker.

“I have concern, because they are throwing him inside and evidently they think that’s his weakness,” said Baker. “If they throw you inside you are going to get hit. Most of the time he doesn’t really, really, really get hit hard. Most of them are glancing blows, but getting hit is getting hit.”

SOME QUARTERS wonder why Cincinnati pitchers haven’t retaliated, haven’t taken aim at opposing center fielders or opposing stars to protect Choo.

“Nobody is trying to hit him,” said Baker. “You don’t want to put him on base in front of the guys batting behind him (Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce). Mr. Choo needs to get out of the way a little better.”

Repoz Posted: April 24, 2013 at 04:42 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SouthSideRyan Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4424384)
“You don’t want to put him on base in front of the guys batting behind him (Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce). Mr. Choo needs to get out of the way a little better.”


But the clogging!
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM (#4424496)
I was surprised to hear the other night that the Cubs' starting rotation has an ERA of something in the low 3's. I suppose it's the horrible bullpen and dreadful offense (.150ish BA with RISP!) that has overshadowed this, not to mention made Carlos Marmol the team leader in wins.
   3. hokieneer Posted: April 24, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4424775)
The entire Cubs/Reds series so far as been dominated by starting pitching. Today looks like more of the same.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: April 24, 2013 at 06:51 PM (#4425099)
Carlos Villanueva ... your 2013 NL Cy Young winner!

The Cubs do have a 113 ERA+ despite the horrific bullpen. And they still can't win 1/3 of their games. And it's not likely to last. Ugh.

And April's not even over and the Cubs have already used 15 different pitchers.

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