Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo steps up to plate during coronavirus pandemic

Ross Houston
April 2, 2020

"Baseball gives me a lot of things".

When he and his wife Won Mi Ha had their first child, Alan, in 2005, Choo said he had trouble having enough money to buy diapers.

Choo is now going into the final year of a $130 million, seven-year deal he signed as a free agent with the Rangers.

Texas Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo bounced around from Grand Chute, Wisconsin, to Tacoma to Buffalo in his first three seasons in baseball, so he knows firsthand how tough life is for minor leaguers.

Choo isn't the only player to donate during this hard time. Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Murphy gifted $100,000 on Wednesday to a fund operated by More Than Baseball, a nonprofit support group for minor league players. That is about an hour from where his parents still live, and he said they were doing OK.

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it would pay all minor leaguers a minimum of $400 per week - plus medical benefits - through the end of May.

In the interview, White praised Choo's kindness and generosity with not just the minor leaguers he interacts with during spring training and throughout the season, but with coaches, trainers, and clubhouse staff as well.

Choo's response: "Eli don't worry about money".

As with the other mind-benders, sometimes the best move is to zoom back in on the here and now, focus on what you can know and make a difference in that little realm.

As Grant explains, Choo has often spoken of his desire to help the game's next generation of players - just as he was helped out by veterans as an up-and-comer in the Mariners' system.

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