Shin-Soo Choo became the first South Korean-born player to reach 100 career home runs in the MLB. Choo blasted his 100th career home run, and his 17th of the year, in the fifth inning of last night’s game off of Cardinals starter, Joe Kelly.
The home run made Choo the most recent member of the 100-steal, 100-home run club. Choo recorded his 100th steal in Saturday’s win over the Brewers.
Choo broke into the league in 2005, recording 18 at-bats, before becoming an every day player the following season. Choo is having a very productive year for the Reds. Choo leads the NL with 23 hit by pitches and sits third in runs scored, second in on-base percentage and walks.
The next Reds milestone to look out for is Joey Votto’s quest for 1,000 career hits. Currently, Votto sits at 972 hits in his seven years at the MLB level. Although he sits just 28 hits shy of 1,000, both he and Reds fans alike will probably have to wait until next year to celebrate the accomplishment.
Votto’s highest hit total in a single-season came in his MVP season when he recorded 177 hits. Prior to tonight’s game Votto sits at 150 hits, meaning he would have to surpass his 2010 hit total by one in order to reach 1,000 this season.