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Indians' Choo has military obligation

The Indians will host the Mets for three games starting Tuesday and one of Cleveland’s best players has a unique issue that is shadowing his career. South Korean's  Shin-Soo Choo has a mandatory two-year commitment to his country’s military before he turns 30. He will be 28 next month. The outfielder leads the Indians with eight home runs, 32 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases.

``It’s hanging over my head a little bit,’’ Choo was quoted. His two outs, so to speak, come with strings attached. The first would be to play for the South Korean baseball team in the 2010 Asian games in November. Cleveland would likely give him permission, but his county’s team would have to win the Gold Medal for his service to be waived.

Secondly, Choo could apply for American citizenship. He and his immediate family live in Arizona. But reports indicate that would not play well back home, where he he hugely popular, and he is reluctant to take that step.

Of course, many American-born players served in World War II and Korea, ?


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