Lee Yong-kyu

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Yong-kyu
Hanwha Eagles – No. 15
Center fielder
Born: (1985-08-26) August 26, 1985 (age 31)
Kunsan, South Korea
Bats: Left Throws: Left
KBO debut
April 2, 2004, for the LG Twins
KBO statistics
(through though 2015)
Batting average .299
RBI 362
Stolen bases 285
Hits 1380
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 5× KBO All-Star Game (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 3× KBO Golden Glove Award (2006, 2011, 2012)
  • Korean Series champion (2009)
Lee Yong-kyu
Medal record
Men's baseball
Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team
World Baseball Classic
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Team
2015 WBSC Premier12
Gold medal – first place 2015 Tokyo Team

Lee Yong-kyu (Hangul: 이용규, Hanja: 李容圭) (born August 26, 1985) is an outfielder who plays for the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League. He bats and throws left-handed

Amateur career[edit]

Lee attended Duksoo High School in Seoul, South Korea. In 2003, he was selected for the South Korea national junior baseball eam and competed in the 5th Asian Junior Baseball Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand. Lee led his team to the 14-0 mercy rule victory over China in the round robin phase of the competition, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs. South Korea eventually won the Championship for the second time by beating Taiwan in the final.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2003  Thailand Asian Junior Baseball Championship Gold medal icon.svg

Professional career[edit]

Lee debuted with the 2004 LG Twins, but after the 2004 season he was traded to the Kia Tigers.

In 2006, Lee batted a career-high .318 (third in the KBO league), and was first in hits (154), second in runs (78) and third in stolen bases (38). He also won his first Golden Glove Award. After the 2006 season, he was selected for the South Korea national baseball team and competed in the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

In 2007, Lee was converted from right field to center field. However, he stole only 17 bases, and his batting average dipped to .280, showing a weakness against inside breaking balls from lefties.

In 2008, Lee had another solid season, batting a respectable .312 with 130 hits and 28 stolen bases, but the team did not reach the postseason.

In August 2008, Lee competed for the South Korea national baseball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where they won the gold medal in the baseball tournament. He finished the tournament ranked second in batting average (.481). He was at the plate for 3 of South Korea's 7 runs in their first win against Cuba, delivering a RBI single and hitting into a 2-base error by Norberto González. Lee was 4-for-4 in a 10-1 victory over the Netherlands. In the Gold Medal game, he hit a double off Pedro Luis Lazo to bring in Park Jin-Man for South Korea's final run in a 3-2 win over Cuba.

In March 2009, Lee was called up to the South Korea national baseball team again for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He went 4-for-18 with one RBI and four runs, sharing the starting center field position with Lee Jong-Wook. After the WBC, Lee was out with an ankle injury for the first three months of the 2009 KBO season, running into the outfield wall during the Tigers' 2009 home opener against the SK Wyverns on April 7. Lee returned from injury in early July, but his batting performance dipped, ending the season with a batting average of .266 and 45 hits.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2006 Golden Glove Award (Outfielder)
  • 2011 Golden Glove Award (Outfielder)
  • 2012 Golden Glove Award (Outfielder)

Achievements[edit]

  • 2006 Hits Title

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2006  Qatar Asian Games Bronze medal icon.svg .222 BA (4-for-18), 1 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 2 SB
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg .400 BA (10-for-25), 4 RBI, 11 R, 5 BB, 1 SB
2008  China Olympic Games Gold medal icon.svg .481 BA (13-for-27, 2nd in BA), 4 RBI, 8 R
2009  United States World Baseball Classic Silver medal icon.svg .222 BA (4-for-18), 1 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 SB
2010  China Guangzhou Asian Games Gold medal icon.svg .143 BA (2-for-14), 2 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB
2013  Japan 2013 World Baseball Classic .250 BA (2-for-8), 0RBI, 0 R, 0 SB

Career statistics[edit]

Year Age Team Lg Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB CS SH BB HBP SO GIDP E AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 19 LG KBO LF 52 62 3 8 1 0 0 2 9 1 3 2 4 2 21 0 1 .129 .200 .145 .345
2005 20 KIA RF 124 414 57 110 17 2 5 37 146 31 10 17 39 9 21 6 0 .266 .330 .353 .683
2006 21 125 485 78 154 25 9 1 39 200 38 11 8 50 9 48 6 1 .318 .386 .412 .798
2007 22 CF 118 439 61 123 17 8 0 27 156 17 11 8 37 7 40 4 1 .280 .340 .355 .695
2008 23 106 417 62 130 24 6 0 38 166 28 9 6 47 3 37 4 2 .312 .381 .398 .779
2009 24 50 169 32 45 8 3 0 14 59 10 4 6 22 4 21 1 0 .266 .364 .349 .713
2010 25 129 472 74 145 19 1 3 51 175 25 12 10 64 9 50 10 3 .307 .398 .371 .769
2011 26 111 421 84 140 16 2 3 33 169 30 6 7 63 9 33 5 1 .333 .427 .401 .829
2012 27 125 491 86 139 14 2 2 37 163 44 12 10 66 10 38 9 4 .283 .377 .332 .709
Total KBO OF 940 3370 537 994 141 33 14 278 1243 224 78 74 392 62 352 45 13 .295 .377 .369 .746

Bold = led KBO

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