Bourgo: Lee Dae-ho has right attitude for MLB success

From SABR member Patrick Bourgo at the Korea Times on November 10, 2015:

Lee Dae-ho, the former SoftBank Hawks’ slugging first baseman and designated hitter, fresh off his Japan Series MVP has just declared his intent to try to sign with a Major League Baseball (MLB) team this offseason.

Earlier this past season before a Hawks game in Yokohama, The Korea Times caught up with Lee and spoke with him about his experience playing in Japan, and the adjustments he needed to make playing in a new league.

Before moving to Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), Lee spent eleven seasons with the Lotte Giants in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), winning the Triple Crown in 2006 and 2010. Lee also won the regular season MVP award in 2010, and owns a .309/.395/.528 career slash line in the KBO, to go along with 225 home runs and 809 RBIs.

After 2011, he left Korea for Japan and played with the Orix Buffaloes for two seasons before joining the Hawks.

With the move to Japan, because of his success in the KBO and taking up a foreign player roster spot, Lee was aware that people would have high expectations. “I prepared a lot, especially as a foreign player, so people would be satisfied with my (statistical) performance,” said Lee.

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Originally published: November 10, 2015. Last Updated: November 10, 2015.