Lee with the Mariners in 2016
|Lotte Giants – No. 10|
June 21, 1982 |
Pusan, South Korea
|KBO: April 11, 2001, for the Lotte Giants|
|NPB: March 30, 2012, for the Orix Buffaloes|
|MLB: April 4, 2016, for the Seattle Mariners|
|NPB: October 29, 2015, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks|
|MLB: October 3, 2016, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||809|
|Runs batted in||348|
|Runs batted in||49|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lee playing for the South Korea national team in 2013 World Baseball Classic
|Representing South Korea|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2009 Los Angeles||Team|
|2015 WBSC Premier12|
|Revised Romanization||I Dae-ho|
Dae-ho Lee (Hangul: 이대호; Korean pronunciation: [i.dɛ̝.ɦo]; born June 21, 1982) is a South Korean professional baseball first baseman for the Lotte Giants of the KBO League. Lee has previously played for the Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Lee bats and throws right-handed. He hit home runs in nine consecutive games for the first time in world baseball history. According to a Gallup Korea's survey conducted in 2011, Lee was chosen as the most popular player in the KBO League.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 KBO League
- 2.2 Nippon Professional Baseball
- 2.3 Major League Baseball
- 2.4 Return to the KBO League
- 2.5 Awards and honors
- 2.6 Achievements
- 2.7 Notable international careers
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Lee started baseball because of his childhood friendship with Choo Shin-soo. Lee attended Kyungnam High School in Busan, South Korea. At Kyungnam High School, Lee batted fourth and could throw a mid-90s mph fastball as a pitcher. In 2000, he was selected for the South Korean Junior National Team as a pitcher. The team won the 2000 World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Lee led the attack alongside Kim Tae-kyun, Choo Shin-soo (the eventual MVP of this event) and Jeong Keun-woo as a cleanup hitter by racking up 3 home runs. He also finished runner-up behind Joe Mauer of Team USA in batting average (.500).
Notable international careers
|2000||Canada||World Junior Baseball Championship||.500 BA (15-for-30), 3 HR|
In the 2006 season, Lee won the league's Triple Crown with a .336 batting average, 26 home runs, and 88 RBIs. This is the second time a hitter has won the Batting Triple Crown in the Korea Professional Baseball league. He finished second in voting for the 2006 MVP behind the Hanhwa Eagles pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, also the winner of the Triple Crown for pitchers in 2006.
In 2008, Lee was a member of the South Korea national baseball team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, while he had an average of .360 (9-for-36), 3 home runs, 10 RBIs, 5 runs, and .760 slugging percentage, playing as the designated hitter.
On August 13, 2010, Lee wrote a new chapter in Korean baseball by hitting a home run in eight straight games in the league. The eighth home run was hit in the top of the seventh inning at an away match against the Kia Tigers in Gwangju when he sent former Major Leaguer Aquilino López's fifth pitch over the left fence of Moodeung Stadium. This tied the existing record in world professional baseball shared by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993, Don Mattingly in 1987 and Dale Long in 1956. On August 14, 2010, Lee set a world record by hitting a home run for his ninth straight game in the second inning of Giants' second away match against the Tigers when he blasted his three-run homer off Tigers reliever Kim Hee-girl over the center fence of Moodeung Stadium. It was his 38th home run of the season. Lee also marked his 83rd run, renewing the Korean record of most consecutive games with a run, to 16 games. In the 2010 season, Lee enjoyed one of the most dominant offensive seasons in world professional baseball history, leading the KBO in seven offensive categories (batting average, HRs, RBIs, runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and hits), which made him a Septuple Crown winner (7관왕).
Lee led the KBO League in batting average (.357), hits (176), and on-base percentage (.433). After the season, he declared free agency and sought out a new challenge.
Nippon Professional Baseball
In July 20, 2012, at the Osaka Dome, Lee won the NPB Home-run Derby against Wladimir Balentien of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He belted 6 home runs while Balentien made no home runs. He was rewarded with 500,000 yen ($6,400).
Major League Baseball
On April 8, 2016, Lee recorded his first career major league hit, a home run off of Eric Surkamp in a game against the Oakland Athletics. On April 13, 2016, Lee hit a pinch hit walk off home run to beat the Texas Rangers. This was the first rookie pinch hit walk off in Mariners history. On May 4, 2016, Lee hit two home runs in a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Return to the KBO League
On January 24, 2017, Lee signed a four-year, $12.9 million contract with the Lotte Giants. The contract was the largest ever given to a free agent in the history of the KBO League.
Awards and honors
- KBO League
- 2005 KBO All-Star MVP
- 2008 KBO All-Star MVP
- 2006 Golden Glove Award (1B)
- 2007 Golden Glove Award (1B)
- 2010 Golden Glove Award (3B)
- 2010 KBO Most Valuable Player Award (regular season MVP)
- 2011 Golden Glove Award (1B)
- Nippon Professional Baseball
- KBO League
- 2006 Batting title
- 2006 Home run title
- 2006 RBI title
- 2006 Slugging percentage leader
- 2007 Slugging percentage leader
- 2010 Batting title
- 2010 Home run title
- 2010 RBI title
- 2010 Hits leader
- 2010 Runs scored leader
- 2010 Slugging percentage leader
- 2010 On-base percentage leader
- 2010 OPS (on-base plus slugging) leader
- 2011 Batting title
- 2011 Hits leader
- 2011 On-base percentage leader
- Nippon Professional Baseball
- 2012 RBI title
Notable international careers
|2006||Qatar||Asian Games||.409 BA (9-for-22), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R|
|2007||Chinese Taipei||Asian Baseball Championship||.000 BA (0-for-4)|
|2008||Chinese Taipei||Final Olympic Qualification Tournament||.393 BA (11-for-28), 8 RBI, 4 R|
|2008||China||Olympic Games||.360 BA (9-for-25), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R|
|2009||United States||World Baseball Classic||.278 BA (5-for-18), 5 RBI, 1 R|
|2010||China||Asian Games||.368 BA (7-for-19), 1 HR|
- Lee Dae-ho sets world record with 9 consecutive-game home runs. Korea Times. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- (Korean) 최고 인기선수는 이대호
- Stephens, Bailey (August 14, 2010). "South Korean Dae-ho homers in nine straight". MLB.com.
- "S. Korean 'breaks home run world baseball record'". AFP. August 14, 2010.
- Joo, Kyung-don. "Lee Dae-ho signs with Orix Buffaloes". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- Condotta, B. (March 27, 2016). "Mariners decide to keep 1B Dae-Ho Lee and pitcher Joel Peralta with Jesus Montero appearing headed off 40-man roster". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
- "Lee hits first MLB home run". ESPN Seattle. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- "Lee's first career MLB hit a home run". Today's Knuckleball. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- Kim, seung wook (2016-05-05). "Lee hit two times home run in a match".
- "Dae-ho-Lee homers twice to power Mariners to win over Rangers". Seattle Times. June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
- "Former big leaguer Lee Dae-ho rejoins old Korean club". koreatimes.co.kr. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
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