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Choo hits 100th big-league homer

Choo Shin-soo of the Cincinnati Reds belted his 100th career Major League Baseball home run on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road.

Choo hit the milestone home run off St. Louis starter Joe Kelly in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. It was his 17th long ball of this season.

In his first season with the Reds, Choo has been one of the most productive outfielders and leadoff men in all of National League. Before the game against the Cards, Choo ranked second in the NL in on-base percentage (.413) and walks (86), and was tied for second with two other players in runs scored (86).

The 31-year-old played his first MLB game with the Seattle Mariners in 2005 and was traded to the Cleveland Indians during the 2006 season. He didn’t become a regular big leaguer until 2008. (Yonhap News)

A top pitching prospect in high school, Choo has been an outfielder throughout his big league career. After manning the right field and mostly batting third in the lineup for the Indians, Choo became the everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Reds after joining the NL club in a trade last December. (Yonhap News)