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he was born in 1976. he was a picther when he was a high-school boy. but he changed his position for a hitter because he had elbow surgery. in fact, when he was a high school player, he was really good hitter, too. that makes help to his convert his positon.

Lee debuted in 1995 for Samsung Lions, and played 9 years for same team. that's why his nickname 'Lion King'. his Korea career stats are [sign in to see URL](AVG)-324(HR)-948 (RBI)-672(BB)-827(SO) in 1143 games. he overed 50HR twice(1999,2003) and his single season HR record 56 in 2003 is Asia HR Record included Japan, Taiwan pro baseball league.

after 2003 season, he wants to play for MLB. But MLB teams are never offered to him (in fact, some teams are suggest Minor Contract But he said 'NO') so he change his mind, and contract with Chiba Lotte Marlins in Japan.

he struggled first season in Japan. 14HR 50RBI .240 avg in 100 games. But 2005 season he blast 30HR 82RBI in 117 games. and champion-ship series in 2005 (Chiba won)he hits 3HR in 4games. actually, while 2004 off season he worked hard weight trainning and careful analysis to Japanese pitcher. so when it stated 2005 season, he looks a mature appearance. if he without injury, he can hit 30+ HR again for his new team -and most popular team for Japanese- Yomiuri Giants.

he has good bat-speed, power and BEAUTIFUL swing. But, he is weak on defense. in 2005, Bobby Valetine who head coach for Chiba Lotte, left a Lee for a Outfielder. But he'll get a chancho to play for 1B in Yomiuri Giants. Oh, sometimes Bobby played Lee at Pinch Hitter/Platoon. (for all that, Lee hits 30HR)

Lee wants 'reasonable price'. he is a hero for South Korean and Superstar in Japanese baseball. if MLB teams aren't suggest unreasonable price, he keep play for NPB or comeback to South Korea. he said like that in interview with Korea Mass. and '1B Position' is very important thing to him. Chiba Lotte suggests a HUGE money for him. But they couldn't definite answer for Lee's 2006 position. that's why he make a choice "Yomiuri Giants". YES, he absolutely wants to play for 1B.


of course he is a good player. modest attitude, work ethic and so on. But he is not yet ready for 1B Major Leaguer. At First, his defense need to upgrade. and also upgrade his AVG. he is STILL low AVG in Japan. he was not in South Korea. But as you know Japanese pitchers are really good at breaking ball. (Fork ball, Changeup, Etc,.) if he adapt to Japanese breaking ball, he will be better much. that's why we need to let him watch for 2006 season in NPB.

actually i thought he can't be play for MLB. but he totally improvement last 2years with NPB and we can check out through WBC.

Oh, he played Florida Marlins 2004 Spring Trainning as a non-roster invite.


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Thanks for the info man, gives some perspective

So hes 29... not much time left.... I guess we will probably never see him here

Have a good day... and catch ya later on

big game tomorrow =D

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Are there any other Korean players in Japan or Korea that have a shot at MLB

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Lee S.Y. is only Korean player in Japan Baseball. a few years ago many Korean player goes to NPB.

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SUN D.Y. "HAITAI TIGERS" JERSEY.

Dragons had 3 Korean Player (Lee J.B. who hits 2B 2RBI in 2nd 'vs Japan' game, Sun D.Y. who now pitching instructor in Korea WBC team, Sanghoon Lee former Redsox pitcher) Sun D.Y. was SUPERSTAR in Japan also. if you go to Baseball Museum in Tokyo-dome, you can see Sun's former Korea team uniform "HAITAI TIGERS" (now KIA TIGERS that Mike Cervnack's new team). he was a great closer. and Dragons fans called him "The Sun of Nagoya". now, Sun is head coach for Samsung Lions that Lee S.Y.'s former team.

Yomiuri Giants had 3 Korean Player, too. Jung M.T. and Jung M.C. and Cho S.M. but no one get a chance to play for enough to show. that's a Yomiuri Giants style. they have no time to spare. Cho S.M. was excellent prospect with Chanho Park in South Korea. actually, Cho was much more than Park. But he failed self-administer and divorce his wife(he was an unfaithful husband) and so on.

ANYWAY,

i thought Samsung Lions Slugger Shim, Jung Soo perfect fit for MLB. he has a power and good Right Fielder and speak English very well. But when he released his former team through FA. he choose a money. he played Florida Marlins 2004 Spring Trainning as a non-roster invite like Lee, Seung Yup.

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OH SEUNG HWAN: his nickname is "OHSEUNGHWALT (sounds like 'Oswalt' Houton Astros pitcher)"

i think no one ready to play at MLB in South Korea Pro Baseball. if you particularly wish it, i recommend "Oh Seung Hwan" who WBC team Korea closer. he is young (same age with me.. born in 1982) and talented. he prized 2005 season Rookie of the Year(10W-1L-16SV-11HOLD [sign in to see URL] ERA) and KBO Championship series MVP (1W-1S, 7ip 11so 0run in 3games). he just throw 90-92mph. but he have a FANTASTIC movement and poker face. but i don't know he wants to play at MLB.

March Madnees for South Korea, No Doubt. BUT, KOREA BASEBALL STILL NEED TO IMPROVEMENT. infrastructure, management (STUPID 'KBO'), ballpark, fan service and so on.


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Dude

I must be a geek, cause thats stuff is cool.
Great pictures, and good stuff to know.
You are my insight into Korean and Japanese baseball...

And your english is fine

I was happy to hear you call MLB "The Show"

You see american baseball movies in korea??

You ever see "Bull Durham"

Talk to you later

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that's true. MLB is biggest and greatest baseball league in the world. of course, NPB is good to enough and Korea pro baseball is fun. but not much as MLB. especially, Giants is the greatest team in the WORLD. emoticon

i have ever seen a few baseball movie like Fever Pitch, The Fan, Major League, The Rookie and so on. i don't have never seen "Bull Durham" but i heard that movie peoples let me know good movie.

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Hey Han

You HAVE to see Bull Durham

I dont know how well it translated to Korean Language and Cultur... but is it a great movie

A very good picture of Minor Leagues

The reason I brought it up, is because there is a great scene about making it to "The Show"



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it's classic and rare moive in south korea. i tried to download through P2P service but it doesn't work. and video shop has no "Bull Durham(in south korea '19th Man')" title.

maybe i should go DVD shop. that movie just $7-8.


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