A bit of happy news amid the coronavirus darkness: Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is extending a big helping hand to every player in the Rangers' minor league system.
According to multiple reports, Choo is giving all 190 Rangers minor leaguers $1,000 to help them navigate the coming weeks and months.
“I came here with nothing, but baseball has given me a lot since. Minor league players are the future of our organization," Choo told Naver Sports, a Korean publication. "I just hope that they can fight through and overcome this difficult time.”
What an awesome gesture by Shin-Soo Choopic.twitter.com/0s2NC2JwFp— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 1, 2020
Major League Baseball is giving minor leaguers a $400-a-week stipend through at least May 31. That means Choo is giving his younger colleagues a 2½-week bump in income.
Choo received plenty of love on the internet for his gesture.
Might have to buy a Shin Soo Choo jersey now https://t.co/KLuWrnQFzg— Motorcityfightingkitties (@PassMeAColdBurr) April 1, 2020
Shin Soo Choo doing more for minor leaguers than MLB, MLBPA or the federal government. https://t.co/oQsT8GGgLz— Bhavinho (@ljungbergkamp10) April 1, 2020
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ALTRUISMO— Roberto Espinoza (@Beisbolpuro) April 1, 2020
El jardinero coreano de los @Rangers, Shin Soo Choo, donará 190 mil dólares para los 190 peloteros que componen el sistema de ligas menores de la novena texana #Coronavid19 #LaCasaDelRey pic.twitter.com/G2m1QIPteK
Now if we can just see Choo running Globe Life Field's bases sometime before July 4.