Lee Dae-ho

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Lee Dae-ho
File:HAWKS10-Lee Dae-Ho.jpg
Lee Dae-ho with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 10
Born: (1982-06-21) June 21, 1982 (age 37)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 11, 2001, for the Lotte Giants
NPB: March 30, 2012, for the Orix Buffaloes
KBO statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average .309
Home runs 225
RBI 809
NPB statistics
(through 2015)
Batting average .293
Home runs 98
RBI 348
Career highlights and awards
Lee Dae-ho
Dae-Ho Lee on March 2, 2013.jpg
Lee playing for the South Korea national team in 2013 World Baseball Classic
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  South Korea
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team
World Baseball Classic
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Team
Lee Dae-ho
Revised Romanization I Daeho
McCune–Reischauer Ri Taeho

Lee Dae-ho (Hangul: 이대호; born June 21, 1982 in Busan, South Korea) is an infielder for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Nippon Professional Baseball.[1] He moved to Japan after playing for the Lotte Giants in KBO League for 11 seasons from 2001 to 2011. He bats and throws right-handed. He hit home runs in nine consecutive games for the first time in world baseball history.[2] According to a Gallup Korea's survey conducted in 2011, Lee was chosen as the most popular player in the KBO League.[3]

Amateur career

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, 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

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2000  Canada World Junior Baseball Championship Gold medal icon.svg .500 BA (15-for-30), 3 HR

Professional career

KBO League

2001 season

As a rookie, Lee Dae-ho joined the Lotte Giants as a pitcher in 2001. However, following an injury, he was officially changed to a position player for the second half of the 2001 season.

2006 season

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.

2008 season

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.

2010 season

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.[4] 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.[5] 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).

2011 season

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 December 2011, Lee signed a two-year contract worth 760 million yen ($9.78 million) with the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball.[6]

2012 season

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).

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

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2006  Qatar Asian Games Bronze medal icon.svg .409 BA (9-for-22), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R
2007  Chinese Taipei Asian Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg .000 BA (0-for-4)
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg .393 BA (11-for-28), 8 RBI, 4 R
2008  China Olympic Games Gold medal icon.svg .360 BA (9-for-25), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R
2009  United States World Baseball Classic Silver medal icon.svg .278 BA (5-for-18), 5 RBI, 1 R
2010  China Asian Games Gold medal icon.svg .368 BA (7-for-19), 1 HR


  1. Former S. Korean baseball MVP Lee Dae-ho joins Orix in Japan. Yonhap. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  2. Lee Dae-ho sets world record with 9 consecutive-game home runs. Korea Times. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  3. (Korean) 최고 인기선수는 이대호
  4. Stephens, Bailey (August 14, 2010). "South Korean Dae-ho homers in nine straight". MLB.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "S. Korean 'breaks home run world baseball record'". AFP. August 14, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Joo, Kyung-don. "Lee Dae-ho signs with Orix Buffaloes". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 7 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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