NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo believes he has spent too much time allowing outside criticism affect his focus this season. The Indians' right fielder has been cutting out the distractions and feels like his mental state is improved.
"I feel a lot better now," Choo said. "It's not showing on the field, but my mind is good. It's much better. I'm not worrying about anything. I'm not seeing any media, newspapers, Internet."
Entering Monday, Choo was hitting .234 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 61 games this season. In the early-morning hours of May 2, he was arrested in Ohio for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Choo admitted that he had been reading and listening to criticism of him in the media, both in the United States and in his native South Korea. The right fielder also spent time reading what fans were saying about him as well.
"I'm not doing that any more," he said. "I'm just coming to the ballpark, focusing on teammates and baseball."