Shin-Soo Choo is a South Korean professional baseball right fielder for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He has played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds. Choo was selected as the Most Valuable Player and Best Pitcher of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup as South Korea won the event. Choo signed a $1.35 million contract with the Mariners after the championship and converted to the outfield. In 2018, Choo earned a selection to his first career Major League Baseball All-Star Game. During that season, he safely reached base in 52 consecutive games, the longest such single-season streak in Texas Rangers history; as of 2018, he led all active major league ballplayers in career hit by pitch, with 132. Choo made his Major League Baseball debut with the Seattle Mariners on April 21, with the Class A affiliate for the Seattle Mariners the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2005, but spent most of the 2005 season and the first half of the 2006 season in the minor leagues with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers.
He batted.068 in a handful of major league at-bats over two years. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with minor leaguer Shawn Nottingham on July 26, 2006, for first baseman Ben Broussard. Two days after being traded, Choo hit a solo home run against his former club in a 1–0 Indians victory. In 45 games with the Indians, he batted.295 with 22 RBIs. He spent the first few weeks of the 2007 regular season with the Buffalo Bisons, a Triple-A team in the International League affiliated with the Indians, before being called up on April 23, 2007, to take the place of the injured third baseman Andy Marte, he was optioned back to Buffalo on May 3. Choo missed several months of the 2007 season due to injury and in September 2007 underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. In the 2008 season, Choo was spent the rest of the season with the Indians, he finished the season with a.309 batting average, 98 hits, 14 home runs, 66 RBIs. His hit and RBI totals were a new record by a South Korean-born player in the MLB.
Thanks to a hot September where he put up a.400 batting average, 34 hits, 5 home runs, 24 RBIs, Choo was named the AL Player of the Month. In February 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Indians. During that season, he broke his own records for RBIs, stolen bases and hits. On July 3, Choo hit two home runs and a career-high seven RBIs in an Indians 15–3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. On October 3, 2009, Choo hit his twentieth homer off of Paul Byrd of the Boston Red Sox, thus joining the 20-20 club, he is the first Asian to accomplish this feat in the Major Leagues. He was the only player in the AL to have a.300 average, 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases at the same time. He finished the season with 20 home runs, 21 steals, 86 RBIs, a.300 batting average. On February 26, 2010, Choo hired baseball agent Scott Boras. Choo became eligible for arbitration after the 2010 season, agreed to a $3.975 million deal. Choo hit three home runs in a road game against the Kansas City Royals on September 17, 2010.
He first hit a two-run homer 420 ft to right in the top of the fourth inning. In his next at bat he hit a towering grand slam to deep center. In the top of the eighth Choo hit a 405 ft solo homer over the right field wall. Choo finished the game a three-run homer away from the elusive "home run cycle". On September 19, 2010, Choo again reached the 20-20 club of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the second straight year, he led the AL right fielders in assists with 14. Choo showed promise in spring training. However, Choo's season fell apart quickly. In what was his worst statistical season as an Indian, Choo finished the season with eight home runs, a.259 batting average, 12 stolen bases, 36 RBIs while accumulating 78 strikeouts and 36 walks in 313 at-bats. On June 24, Choo was hit by San Francisco Giants pitcher Jonathan Sánchez on his left thumb; the resulting fracture kept him out for six weeks. On August 23, during the first game of a double header against his former club, the Seattle Mariners, a game in which during an earthquake he hit a double.
In the ninth inning, Choo hit his first walk-off home run. On September 1, Choo pulled a side muscle and was placed on the disabled list again, ending his season. On April 14 in a game against the Kansas City Royals which would see bench clearings by both teams, Choo was hit by Royals starter Jonathan Sánchez on his right knee, it was a pitch from Sanchez that hit Choo in 2011, resulting in a broken thumb and nearly two months on the disabled list. Choo would finish the game and win it for the Indians in the tenth inning when he hit a two-run double. On April 24, Choo left in the eighth inning in a game versus the Royals after suffering a mild hamstring strain. Choo would return on May 2 in a 6–3 Indians win versus the Chicago White Sox. On May 24 in series finale home game against the Detroit Tigers, Choo hit a second-deck home run off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the first inning; that was Choo's first career lead-off home run. The Indians won that game 2-1. On December 11, 2012, Choo was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with Jason Donald in a three team, nine player deal involving the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The trade brought Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers, Bryan Shaw, Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians. On February 11, 2013, Choo avoided arbitration with his new team, the Reds, by agreeing to a one-year, $7.375 million deal, the exact midpoint between both sides. On May 8, 2013, Choo hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the
Yoshihiro Akiyama known as Sung Hoon Choo, is a Japanese mixed martial artist and judoka. Akiyama won the gold medal at the 2001 Asian Championships for South Korea, for Japan at the 2002 Asian Games. A fourth-generation Japanese of Korean descent, he acquired Japanese nationality in 2001, he is the former K-1 HERO's Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. Before his professional mixed martial arts career, Akiyama was a decorated judoka, he began training in judo at the age of three. He has trained Karate, Kickboxing and submission fighting with Greg Jackson. Representing South Korea, Choo won the Gold Medal at the 2001 Asian Judo Championships. Representing Japan, Akiyama won the Gold Medal at the 2002 Asian Games defeating Ahn Dong-Jin of South Korea in the finals. Akiyama defeated three opponents from France and Turkey to reach the semi-finals of the 81 kg Light Middleweight division. However, all three opponents claimed. Wearing a reserve gi, Akiyama missed the medal. International Judo Federation referee director Juan Carlos Barcos said an examination of the gi found that the slippery texture was due to high humidity which prevailed in Osaka and a detergent used to wash the uniform.
"At any moment, we did not have any doubt about fair play in the case. We are sure that Mr. Akiyama is correct," since he changed the jacket at the request of the jury, Barcos said. Akiyama was accused of wearing slippery gear by former world and Olympic champion Kenzo Nakamura when they fought at the world championship trials in 2002. Akiyama's mixed martial arts debut was in the K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite event on December 31, 2004, where he defeated boxer Francois Botha by armbar submission in the first round, his first defeat was to Jerome LeBanner, who knocked him out with knees in his second fight at the HERO'S 1 event on March 26, 2005, although LeBanner is a heavyweight that came into the fight at 262 pounds, while Akiyama came into the fight at 189.5 pounds. He has notable wins against Taiei Kin, Kestutis Smirnovas and Melvin Manhoef. Akiyama defeated Melvin Manhoef at the Hero's light-heavyweight Grand Prix 2006 final round, gained the champion belt. In K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite, Akiyama fought the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba in the main event.
During the match, Sakuraba called to the referee saying " Slippery!" Akiyama went on to win the match with a referee stoppage. This created a controversy amongst MMA fans in Japan, assuming Akiyama was using some sort of body oil or lubricant, banned in K-1 rules, but at this moment, Akiyama answered to questions about the oil in the interview as follows: "I have no idea why Sakuraba felt slippery. It may be my sweat, as I sweat a lot always and it drips off my body." On January 11, Akiyama and FEG held a press conference during which Akiyama said he used Olay lotion prior to the fight claiming that the lotion was used to treat a worn gi. Pre-fight footage showed Akiyama casually applying six bottles of lotion to his body in his locker room; as a result, Akiyama was disqualified and his prize money was suspended. Akiyama himself was suspended indefinitely from HERO'S competition six days later. Public outcry against Akiyama did not cease however, Nike was swamped with complaints when Akiyama was featured on a television commercial in Japan.
Though Akiyama has admitted to applying cream to his skin, he has said that the purpose was not to gain an unfair advantage but to treat his dry skin. The fight was ruled a "No Contest". Akiyama was cleared from his FEG-induced suspension and FEG announced that Akiyama would return to K-1 Hero's in Seoul, on October 28, 2007, his opponent was Denis Kang, the finalist of PRIDE Bushido Grand Prix 2006 and making his debut in Hero's. Though he was an underdog, Akiyama beat Kang by KO in the first round. On December 31, 2007, Akiyama faced Kazuo Misaki at Yarennoka!. The rules of the match stated that kicks to the head of a downed opponent would not be allowed. Late in the first round Misaki knocked down Akiyama with left hook, as Akiyama struggled to his feet, Misaki delivered a lunging kick to the face which knocked Akiyama out; the match was ruled a knockout victory for Misaki, but Akiyama contended that one or both of his hands were on the mat at the time of the kick, which would make the kick a foul under the Yarennoka! rules.
After reviewing video of the knockout, the Yarennoka! executive committee agreed. On February 24, 2009 it was announced on the official UFC website that Akiyama had signed a deal with the company. Though he suffered a broken orbital bone during the start of round two, Akiyama went on to beat UFC veteran Alan Belcher at UFC 100 on July 11 by split decision, it was the 1st fight in Akiyama's career. The bout was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors, granting both fighters a record-setting $100,000 bonus each. On May 30, 2009 Akiyama opened a new gym in Japan. The'Akiyama Dojo' has 30 tatami mats and three octagonal cages. Akiyama joined Xtreme Couture for the month of October 2009 to work on his striking skills. Akiyama was expected to face MMA legend and former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110, but Silva instead faced British striker Michael Bisping on the card, winning via unanimous decision. At the Post-fight conference, UFC President Dana White stated that Akiyama had requested to fight Silva for a while and has refused to fight other opponents, after which both fighters verbally agreed to fight.
Raphael Deseption "Choo" Freeman is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder. Freeman played American football in high school, setting a state record by catching 50 touchdowns for Dallas Christian High School in Mesquite and being selected three times to the all-state team. In his overall athletic career at Dallas Christian, he helped the school win six state championships in various sports and signed with Texas A&M to play football, but chose baseball when he selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft. Freeman spent four years making his way through various entry level Single-A minor league affiliates of the Rockies being selected as the Rockies top prospect by Baseball America in 2000, before getting promoted to the Double-A Carolina Mudcats in 2002. With Carolina, he hit.291 with 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases and was selected as a "Southern League" All-Star causing his stock to rise in the organization. In 2003, he found himself starting in center field for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, a position he would retain for most of the next couple of seasons.
His best season with the Sky Sox was in 2004 where he hit.297 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI. He made his major league debut with the Rockies on June 4, 2004, against the San Francisco Giants as a pinch hitter, he got his first two major league hits the next day in his first start for the Rockies against the Giants. However, he hit only.189 that season and wound up back with the Sky Sox in 2005. After hitting.280 with the Sky Sox in 2005, Freeman rejoined the Rockies for limited action in September before making the team full-time for the 2006 season as a reserve outfielder. He hit.237 in the 88 games he played in during the 2006 season. On February 2, 2007, Freeman was released by the Rockies. On February 14, 2007, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he failed to make the major league roster out of spring training and was reassigned to the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, he hit.270 in 121 games with the 51s and stole 48 bases becoming a free agent after the season ended.
Freeman is a cousin of Minnesota Twins Gold Glove right fielder Torii Hunter. He married Jamie Freeman in 2010, they have 1 son Jalen. In 2008 the couple had a daughter name Zailey. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference chooses baseball over A&M – Baseball America article
Datuk Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat is a Malaysian fashion designer based in the United Kingdom. He is best known for co-founding Jimmy Choo Ltd. Choo was born in Penang, into a family of shoemakers, his family name was misspelled on his birth certificate as Choo. He studied at Shih Chung Primary School in Love Lane, Penang. Choo's father, a shoemaker who made all of his shoes by hand, taught him. Choo made his first pair of shoes, a pair of slippers. Between 1982 and 1984, Choo studied at Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney in England, he went to a design firm to work after graduation, wishing to remain in London instead of going back to Malaysia. After college, Choo worked at two design companies for a total of nine years before opening his own business. Choo's parents moved to Britain to help him get started, he expanded the business by opening his own shop in 1986, renting an old hospital building, his craftsmanship and designs were soon noticed at London Fashion Week in 1988. After seeing his creations, Vogue featured the shoes in an eight page spread.
Choo has said that his designs became more popular after the Vogue coverage. Patronage from Diana, Princess of Wales in the early 1990's further boosted his image. In 1996, Choo co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd with British Vogue magazine accessories editor Tamara Mellon. In April 2001, Choo sold his 50% stake in the company for £10 million, he has since concentrated his work on the exclusive Jimmy Choo couture line produced under license from Jimmy Choo Ltd. The Jimmy Choo London line known as Jimmy Choo Ready-To-Wear or Jimmy Choo, is under the purview of Tamara Mellon; the ready-to-wear line has expanded to include accessories such as handbags. Choo lives in London and is involved in a project to set up a shoemaking institute in Malaysia, his company continues to produce expensive high-end shoes. He is married to Rebecca Choo from Hong Kong; the couple have a son, a daughter, Emily. A niece of the couple, Lucy Choi, followed in her uncle's footsteps by becoming a shoe designer, he is mentioned in Fetty Wap's 2015 hit titled "Jimmy Choo", Placebo's track "Follow the cops back home", Vybz Kartel's song "Yabba Dabba Doo" and the Bollywood hit song "Abhi toh Party Shuru Hui Hai" from the movie "Khubsurat".
Choo and his designer godson Reggie Hung have launched a spectacular exhibition "Genavant- Step to Elegance" at the Cambridge International Art Gallery on 2 February 2018 filled with ‘elegance and grace’. 2002: Conferred an OBE in recognition of his services to the shoe and fashion industry in the UK 2004: Awarded an honorary doctorate in art by De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, for his contribution to their unique Single Honours Footwear Design degree 2009: Awarded an Honorary Fellowship by University of the Arts London 2011: Winner of "The World’s Outstanding Malaysian Designer 2011" Design for Asia Award for the "Daniel" part 2012: Received You Bring Charm to the World – the Most Influential Malaysian Award 2013: Became a member of the Red Dot product design jury. Malaysia: The Distinguished Order of Meritorious Service - Datuk Pahang: Knight Companion of the Order of the Crown of Pahang - Dato' Penang: Officer of the Order of the Defender of State - Datuk United Kingdom: Officer of the Order of the British Empire Mellon, Tamara.
In My Shoes: A Memoir. New York: PortfolioPenguin. ISBN 9781591846161. OCLC 855783504. Jimmychoo.com Jimmy Choo at FMD Malaysia’s Résumé - Dato Jimmy Choo Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery Jimmy Choo – The Man And His Shoes
Clarence "Choo-Choo" Coleman was an American professional baseball catcher, who played Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. Clarence Coleman was born in Orlando, Florida on August 25, 1937, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Senators at age 18. He was released by the Senators and signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the rule V draft. In 1961, he appeared in 34 games for the Phillies, getting hit by a pitch in his first Major League plate appearance, he batted only.128 for the Phillies that year in 47 at bats. The Phillies finished in last place that year, a spot soon to be taken by the expansion New York Mets. In the offseason the Mets selected Coleman in the expansion draft, he played parts of three seasons for the Mets. The authors of The Great American Baseball Card Flipping and Bubble Gum Book, Brendan C. Boyd & Fred C. Harris, Little Brown & Co, 1973, had this to say about Coleman on p. 37, next to a picture of his baseball card: "Choo-Choo Coleman was the quintessence of the early New York Mets.
He was a 5'8", 160-pound catcher who never hit over.250 in the majors, had 9 career home runs, 30 career RBIs, couldn't handle pitchers. Plus his name was Choo-Choo. What more could you ask for?" Casey Stengel once complimented Coleman's speed, saying that he'd never seen a catcher so fast at retrieving passed balls. Upon retirement, Coleman moved back to his home town of Orlando. After his first wife died, Coleman married into a family who owned a Chinese restaurant in Newport News, Virginia. For over two decades, Coleman helped run the business and worked as a cook. Coleman retired to Bamberg, South Carolina where he lived in obscurity until 2012 when he was invited to the Mets 50th anniversary celebration in New York. During the event Coleman both denied some of the stories told about him. During an interview, he revealed that his friends gave him his nickname "Choo Choo" because as a child "I was fast."Coleman died on August 15, 2016 in Orangeburg, South Carolina after a battle with cancer.
Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet Choo-Choo Coleman at Baseball Almanac Choo-Choo Coleman at Baseball Gauge Choo-Choo Coleman at Ultimate Mets Database Choo-Choo Coleman at Find a Grave Choo-Choo Coleman New York Times Obituary