Asian Games 2010 Official Website
November 21, 2010 by staff
Asian Games 2010 Official Website, (AFP) – The Cleveland Indians were celebrating South Korea’s Asian Games baseball triumph on Friday in expectation that it would allow their star Choo Shin-Soo to be excused from military service.
South Korea knocked off reigning Asian Games champions Taiwan 9-3 in the gold medal game in Guangzhou, China, on Friday.
“I’m very happy for him,” Indians manager Manny Acta told MLB.com. “He is a proud man who cares a lot about winning.
“Now South Korea is on top of Asian baseball, and he can continue to make them proud with his accomplishments in MLB.”
New Indians general manager Chris Antonetti wasted no time in saying he would discuss a long-term deal with Choo’s agent, Scott Boras.
Choo won’t be a free agent for three years, but is eligible for salary arbitration this winter.
The Indians said in an article posted on their website that they had not received official word on Choo’s status.
However, the victory was expected to carry the benefit for the South Korean players of being excused from military service.
Choo was 8-for-14 with three home runs and 11 RBIs for South Korea in the Asian Games.
In 2010, the 28-year-old Choo was Cleveland’s most consistent player, hitting .300 with 22 home runs and 90 RBIs.
He became the only Indians player since 1901 to record a .300 average and at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in consecutive seasons.
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