Baseball has always been a serious business for Shin-Soo Choo. It might be a game to some, but it's hard to imagine it ever was for the Indians' right fielder.

For him it was always about pushing harder and harder to improve every year. He did it well, but with all that energy directed in one direction came stress and pressure. Still, the consistency of Choo's performance was an eye-catcher after the Indians acquired him from Seattle in July of 2006. He hit .295 in 45 games in 2006, .294 in six games in 2007, .309 in 94 games in 2008, .300 in 156 games in 2009 and .300 in 144 games in 2010.

Then came last year. Choo was arrested in May for a DUI. He suffered a broken left thumb on June 24 that required surgery and kept him on the disabled list until Aug. 11. When he returned, Choo hit .348 (16-for-46) before straining his left oblique muscle on Aug. 27 and going back on the disabled list.