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DERREK
LEE

 by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com 

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Born: September 6, 1975  

High School: El Camino 

Bats: Right—Throws: Right 

Height: 6-5—Weight: 245 

Position: First Base 

Drafted: 1st round in 1993 by the San Diego Padres 

Debut: April 28, 1997 

Teams:  San Diego Padres 1997; Florida Marlins 1998-2003; Chicago Cubs 2004-2010;
Atlanta Braves 2010
            
 

            

 

 



Derrek Lee had one of those dream seasons in 2005. 
 
 
 
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Playing for the Chicago Cubs, the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder led the National League in hitting (.335), hits (199), doubles (50), slugging percentage (.662), total bases (393) and on-base percentage plus slugging percentage (1.080). He also had a .418 on-base percentage, scored 120 runs, hit 45 home runs, knocked in 107 runs and stole 15 bases. He was selected to the All-Star team, won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award and finished third in the MVP balloting. 

Lee’s accomplishments weren’t limited to 2005. He was an All-Star in 2007 and won Gold Gloves in 2003 and 2007 and was named to the United States roster for the 2006 World Baseball Classic, where he was the first player to hit a home run for Team USA. 

In 2003, Lee won a World Series Championship with the Florida Marlins. His spectacular grab and unassisted putout on a hard hit, one-hop line drive off the bat of Hideki Matsui halted a New York Yankees’ rally and ended Game 5 with a Marlins victory. The Marlins won Game 6 and the series.  

What sets Lee apart from other first basemen is his defense. He is agile around the bag and a master at smothering errant throws. He saves his infielder’s plenty of errors and his pitchers several runs each month. 

The knock against Lee has always been that he doesn’t display any obvious passion while he’s playing the game. However, once you understand his up-bringing, it becomes obvious his playing style is being misread. Few players are as serious about practicing, playing and improving. His stoic style comes from his summer days as a youth in Japan where he learned about the country’s culture and love for the game of baseball. 

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Lee points to the maturity and self-confidence he gained attending an international elementary school with students from across the globe that nurtured and influenced his philosophy of life.  

Like his father, Leon Lee, who learned to speak Japanese and understand the country’s ways and respect for baseball during his playing days in the Japanese League, the younger Lee was quiet and observant as he soaked up the knowledge around him. 

“That took the blinders off,” Derrek Lee would say. “I learned young how to get along with different people and how to communicate with them.” 

Leon Lee came to Japan following in the footsteps of his older brother Leron Lee. Together they became legendary icons of Japanese baseball. Leon Lee made it as far as Triple-A for the St. Louis Cardinals before spending 10 years in the Japanese League, compiling a .308 lifetime average, 1,436 hits and 268 home runs. Leron Lee was the Cardinals No. 1 draft choice in 1966. He played eight seasons in the major leagues before going overseas and playing another 10 years in the Japanese League, highlighted by a Triple Crown performance in his first season. 

In comparison to other Sacramento-area players, Derrek Lee ranks first in doubles (415), second in runs scored (1,026), third in home runs (312) and runs batted in (1,019), fourth in games played (1,829), fifth in batting average (.282), hits (1843) and at-bats (6,527) and 10th in stolen bases (102). 

 Career Statistics -- Derrek Lee

Year  

Team 

Avg 

AB 

2B 

3B 

HR 

RBI 

SB 

BB 

SO 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

TB 

1997 

SD 

.259 

22 

54 

14 

24 

.365 

.370 

.735 

20 

1998 

FLA 

.233 

141 

454 

62 

106 

29 

17 

74 

47 

120 

.318 

.414 

.732 

188 

1999 

FLA 

.206 

70 

218 

21 

45 

20 

17 

70 

.263 

.326 

.588 

71 

2000 

FLA 

.281 

158 

477 

70 

134 

18 

28 

70 

63 

123 

.368 

.507 

.875 

242 

2001 

FLA 

.282 

158 

561 

83 

158 

37 

21 

75 

50 

126 

.346 

.474 

.820 

266 

2002 

FLA 

.270 

162 

581 

95 

157 

35 

27 

86 

19 

98 

164 

.378 

.494 

.872 

287 

2003 

FLA 

.271 

155 

539 

91 

146 

31 

31 

92 

21 

88 

131 

.379 

.508 

.888 

274 

2004 

CHI C 

.278 

161 

605 

90 

168 

39 

32 

98 

12 

68 

.128 

.356 

.504 

.860 

305 

2005 

CHI C 

.335 

158 

594 

120 

199 

50 

46 

107 

15 

85 

109 

.418 

.662 

1.080 

393 

2006 

CHI C 

.286 

50 

175 

30 

50 

30 

25 

41 

.368 

.474 

.842 

83 

2007 

CHI C 

.317 

150 

567 

91 

180 

43 

22 

82 

71 

114 

.400 

.513 

.913 

291 

2008 

CHI C 

.291 

155 

623 

93 

181 

41 

20 

90 

71 

119 

.361 

.462 

.823 

288 

2009 

CHI C 

.306 

141 

532 

91 

163 

36 

35 

111 

76 

109 

.393 

.579 

.972 

308 

2010 

TOT 

.260 

148 

547 

80 

142 

35 

19 

80 

73 

134 

.347 

.428 

.774 

234 

2010 

CHI C 

.251 

109 

418 

63 

105 

21 

16 

56 

52 

101 

.335 

.416 

.751 

174 

2010 

ATL 

.287 

39 

129 

17 

37 

14 

24 

21 

33 

.384 

.465 

.849 

60 

14 

Totals 

.282 

1829 

6527 

1026 

1843 

415 

28 

312 

1019 

102 

841 

1512 

.367 

.498 

.865 

3250 



Uploaded 01/26/2011

All contents © Rick Cabral 2011

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