Found September 10, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo has developed a rather unorthodox, yet effective method to pad his on-base percentage in 2013. With his 25th plunking coming at the hands of Chicago's Travis Wood on Monday, Choo shattered the Reds franchise record set by catcher Jason LaRue in 2004. Despite the bruises and bumps surely collected in spades by the Korean outfielder, Choo has shown no fear of an inside pitch. As the newly crowned holder of a very distinct team record, the outfielder has been an integral part of the Reds success this season. In a contract year, the 31-year old has posted a .291/.425/.472 line while showcasing an impressive blend of power, speed, and the aforementioned uncanny ability to get on base. Thus far avoiding any major injuries from his magnetic attraction to baseballs, he has expressed no anger or discomfort from achieving his dubious record. In many ways he seems resolved to embrace his fate, as his tendency to ever so slightly lean over home plate may suggest.  “I worry about a sensitive area,’’ he said. “Head or bone... It’s part of the game." Choo's high water mark of 25 hit-by-pitches leads all of major league baseball, with only Starling Marte's mark of 21 serving as a challenger for his supremacy. To put into perspective the sheer number of times Choo has been beaned, the Colorado Rockies as a team have only accumulated one more hit batter over the entire season. As roughly three weeks worth of games remain on the schedule, Choo should have ample time to build on his growing total as the Reds finish their playoff push. Rumored to be a hot commodity come winter, his services have already attracted public interest from the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. With a unique baseball resume to his name, Choo should have no trouble attracting his fair share of suitors. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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