The Cincinnati Reds’ acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo was one of the offseason pickups that I applauded most. When you’re a contending team and the opportunity to add a player who has walked in over 11% of his career plate appearances while offering some pop and speed presents itself, you make that move. The Reds’ plan to trot Choo out in center field everyday is something I’m not so eager to get behind.
Choo’s first appearance in center for the Reds on Monday delivered about what we could expect, you know, if we were expecting a career right fielder to roam around the outfield and misjudge a deep fly ball. Peter Bourjos knocked a triple in the 12th inning of the Angels’ 3-1 win over the Reds on Monday. He can thank Choo for allowing this triple to see the scoresheet.