Lee Jin-young

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Lee Jin-Young
LG Twins – No. 35
Right fielder
Born: (1980-06-15) June 15, 1980 (age 34)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
KBO: May 10, 1999 for the Ssangbangwool Raiders
KBO statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average .302
Home runs 132
RBI 616
Teams
Lee Jin-young
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Men's baseball
Olympics
Gold 2008 Beijing Team
World Baseball Classic
Silver 2009 Los Angeles Team
Bronze 2006 San Diego Team
Lee Jin-young
Hangul 이진영
Hanja 李晋暎
Revised Romanization I Jinnyeong
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chinnyŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.

Lee Jin-Young (Hangul: 이진영, Hanja: 李晋暎) (born June 15, 1980 in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea) is a South Korean right fielder who plays for the LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats and throws left-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

Attending Gunsan Commerce High School in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, Lee was considered the best high school hitter. He was also a highly regarded left-handed power pitcher who threw in the mid-90s as a starter. In 1997, he was selected for the South Korea national junior team that finished in 5th place at the 1997 World Junior Baseball Championship held in Moncton, Canada.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
1997  Canada World Junior Baseball Championship 5th .409 BA (9-for-22), SB title
1998  Japan Asian Junior Baseball Championship Bronze medal icon.svg All-Star (OF)

Professional career[edit]

SK Wyverns[edit]

Upon graduation from Gunsan High School, Lee was drafted by the Ssangbangwool Raiders, which became the SK Wyverns after the 1999 season, in the first round of the 1999 KBO Draft. Lee made his debut in the pro league against the Hanwha Eagles in Gunsan on May 10, 1999. Appearing in 65 games, he finished his rookie year in 1999 with a .258 batting average, 4 home runs and 13 RBIs.

Next season, Lee became a fixture in right field for the SK Wyverns, appearing in 105 games. However, his batting average dipped to .245, stealing a career-low 2 bases.

In 2001, Lee bounced back from the sophomore slump, batting a respectable .280 with 90 hits, 7 home runs, 16 doubles and 9 stolen bases.

From 2002 through 2004, he notched three consecutive seasons batting .300+, and won his first Golden Glove Award in 2004.

Along with his batting accuracy, the strong left-armed Lee, the former power pitcher prospect, is also well known for superb defensive skills in right field, which enable him to collect many outfield assists every season. At the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, his defensive skills drew international attention, making acrobatic catches and outfield assists in the tournament.

In the 2007 KBO season, he missed over 40 regular-season games due to injuries, but batted a career-high .350 with 77 hits in 220 at-bats.

In 2008, Lee was placed on the disabled list again and missed 30 games during the season, but batted .300-plus again (.315) with 102 hits in 324 at-bats, compiling 8 home runs, 53 RBIs and a career-high 12 stolen bases.

LG Twins[edit]

Lee became a free agent after the 2008 season and signed a one-year deal with the LG Twins on November 20, 2008.

Prior to the 2009 season, Lee was selected for the South Korea national baseball team, and competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In the WBC, Lee batted .250 and drove in 7 runs, appearing in all 9 games. In the Team Korea's first game against Chinese Taipei, he smacked a grand slam in the first inning off the Cleveland Indians’ prospect Lee Chen-Chang to power Olympic champions Korea to a 9-0 win. In Round 2, Lee smacked a 2-RBI single off Yu Darvish in the top of the first inning to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over Japan, which assured South Korea a spot in the semifinals.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2002  Cuba Intercontinental Cup Silver medal icon.svg .333 BA (12-for-36), 8 RBI, 2 SB, All-Star (OF)
2003  Japan Asian Baseball Championship Bronze medal icon.svg .125 BA (1-for-8)
2006  United States World Baseball Classic Bronze medal icon.svg .150 BA (3-for-20)
2006  Qatar Asian Games Bronze medal icon.svg .500 BA (10-for-20), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg .143 BA (2-for-14), 3 RBI, 1 SB
2008  China Olympic Games Gold medal icon.svg .333 BA (6-for-18)
2009  United States World Baseball Classic Silver medal icon.svg .250 BA (4-for-16), 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 SB

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