The Cleveland Guardians All-Century Team
Shin-Soo Choo (2006-2012)
Stats: .292/.383/.469, .853 OPS, 21.8 bWAR, 134 OPS+, 83 HR, 372 RBI
While Shin-Soo Choo never made an All-Star team during his eight years in Cleveland, he belongs on this century team by way of just being a really good hitter. From 2008 through 2012, Choo averaged a .294/.385/.471 batting line, which is a .855 OPS and 135 OPS+. Choo did not have a whole lot of power, never hitting more than 22 home runs, but he consistently posted high batting averages and on-base percentages.
Late in 2007, Choo underwent Tommy John surgery and would not make his 2008 debut until late May. When looking back, 2008 might have been Choo’s best season in Cleveland, as he hit .309/.397/.549, .946 OPS, and 151 OPS+, with 14 homers and 66 RBI in only 94 games. It is easy to imagine what his numbers might have looked like had he been able to play a full season.