Monday, February 15, 2016

Dae-Ho Lee of the Seattle Mariners

Continuing to catch up on things that happened while I was gone...

Former Lotte Giant, Orix Buffalo and Fukuoka Softbank Hawk Dae-Ho Lee signed a minor league deal with the Mariners a couple weeks back.  Lee originally joined Lotte in the KBO as a pitcher in 2001 before switching to being a position player later that season.  He stayed with Lotte for 11 years before moving to Orix for the 2012 season.  He stayed with the Buffaloes two seasons before moving to the Hawks in time for the 2014 season.  He won a Nippon Series championship in each of his two seasons with the Hawks.

He won two Triple Crowns in the KBO (2006 & 2010) and led the league in batting one other time (2011).  He was MVP in 2010 and won four Golden Gloves (2006-07, 2010-11).  He led the Pacific League in RBIs in 2012 and made the Best 9 team twice (2012 as a first baseman and 2015 as DH).  He also was the MVP of last fall's Nippon Series.

He's played for the Korean National Team on a number of occasions - the 2008 Olympics, the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2015 Premier 12.  He won gold with the team in 2008 and 2012.

I only know of one card for him from the KBO - #AL-006 from the 2010 KBO "game" set.  He's had a couple cards in the Topps WBC issues in 2009 and also appears in the 2013 Topps Tribute WBC set.  He's also in the 2009 Konami WBC Heroes set.  As you'd expect, he has quite a few cards from his days in NPB.  He's been in all the BBM "flagship" sets in the past four years as well as the 2013 and 2014 Classic sets, the 2013 "Great Numbers" and the 2015 "Memories Of Uniform" sets and the 2012 All Star set.  He's had at least one card in each of the Calbee sets for the four years he was in Japan.  As always, this is not a complete list but some of the highlights.  Here's a couple of his cards:

2009 Topps "WBC Redemption"

2010 KBO "Game" set #AL-006

2012 BBM 1st Version #094

2013 Front Runner Buffaloes Season Summary #16

2014 BBM Classic #021

2015 Calbee #088

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