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Coronavirus: Texas´ Choo giving $1,000 to all 191 Rangers minor leaguers

April 2 2020 3:10 AM

With the 2020 MLB season in flux amid the coronavirus pandemic, veteran Choo Shin-soo is putting some cash in the pockets of the minor leaguers in the Texas Rangers system, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them.

Choo's gift comes a day after MLB announced it would be giving minor leaguers $400 a week through at least May 31 with the season on hold.

A 15-year major-league veteran who spent parts of seven seasons in the minors, Choo said on Wednesday he knows money can be tight for minor leaguers, especially without a regular pay cheque with no games.

"I will never forget the minor leagues," he said in a conference call.

"I will never forget having to make that decision. Every day, I had to make a schedule of meals. I had to plan things out. I don't want players to have to do the same thing. I don't want them to have to worry about these kinds of things.

"People are really having a tough time. I can help. I can help people because of baseball and I want to give back."

Choo is entering the final year of a seven-year, $130million deal, and is set to be Texas' highest-paid player this season at $21m.

His professional career started in 2001 when he was 18 years old and left South Korea to join the Seattle Mariners.

"Think about 20 years ago, first time I came from Korea, I've got nothing," he said.

"Now a lot of things I have is because of baseball ... So I want to pay back to other people, especially this hard situation in the whole world. I can still help other people, that’s a good thing."

Choo also made a $200,000 donation to the city of Daegu, South Korea, which has been hit hard by coronavirus and is about an hour from where his parents still live.

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