Update: Shin-Soo Choo is one win away from freedom

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Well, maybe freedom is not the right word — it’s the army he’s trying to avoid here, not a jail sentence — but he is on the cusp of being able to take advantage of his full earning potential in Major League Baseball without a bunch of hassle: South Korea is in the Asian Games baseball final, where they’ll take on Taiwan tomorrow.

I’m kind of torn on who to root for here. On the one hand, sure, I’d like to see Choo play baseball in the U.S. without having to become a criminal at home or renounce his citizenship or whatever.  On the other hand, if every able-bodied Korean has to serve in the army, I’m not sure how it’s fair that Choo gets out of it simply for being good at baseball.  Not that anything I think about how South Korea sets up its military rules matters.