Choo Eclipses One Milestone, Approaching Another

By Steve Engbloom

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During the bottom of the 7th inning of last night’s Reds 6-3 win, Joey Votto homered and forged a tie with Pete Rose and Joe Morgan with 152 home runs as a Reds player. Votto keeping some nice company there.

(Edit: Votto popped his 20th HR of the season in today’s 3-1 loss, giving him 153 HR as a Red and surpassing the duo of Morgan and Rose.)

But there’s another Red closing in on a couple of career milestones.

Well, one was surpassed today as Shin-Soo Choo swiped a pair of bags to now give him 101 thefts in his MLB career. The milestone 100th steal of Choo’s career came in the bottom of the first of today’s game. With Todd Frazier at the dish, Choo took off for second and was successful.

Might not have taken as long as Choo is among the NL leaders in caught stealing (4th with 10, 16-for-26 overall as of this writing). Choo previous season high for caught stealing was 7 and occurred in tow seasons, 2010 and 2012.

Didn’t take Choo long to notch another steal, his 101st of his career, as he stole third during Joey Votto’s AB. The downer was that Choo was thrown out at home as he attempted to score on a Brandon Phillips fly out.

The other milestone for Choo is career home runs. The next big fly he hits will be #100. “projects” that could happen when the Reds return home when the Reds host the St. Louis Cardinals on September 4. Of course, the same had Choo getting the 100th career steal for the same date.