Derrek Lee

Derrek Leon Lee (born September 6, 1975), or "D-Lee", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. Lee played with the San Diego Padres (1997), the Florida Marlins (19982003), Chicago Cubs (20042010), Atlanta Braves (2010), Baltimore Orioles (2011) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2011). He batted and threw right-handed.

Lee was a World Series champion with the Marlins in 2003, and he won the National League batting title in 2005. He was a two-time All-Star selection, and won the Gold Glove Award three times.

Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee 2011
Lee with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011
First baseman
Born: September 6, 1975 (age 43)
Sacramento, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 1997, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.281
Home runs331
Runs batted in1,078
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Lee was born on September 6, 1975 in Sacramento, California. Leon Lee is his father and Leron Lee is his uncle. Each of them played professional baseball in Japan. During his elementary years Lee lived in Japan, and during his high school years he often lived there during his summer breaks. He played Little League Baseball at Whitney Little League and graduated from El Camino High School in 1993.

Professional career

San Diego Padres

Lee was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres, and made his major league debut on April 28, 1997.

Florida Marlins

Traded, along with prospects, to the Florida Marlins a year later for Kevin Brown, Lee was a member of the 2003 World Series Marlins championship team. Lee won his first Gold Glove during the 2003 championship season and his spectacular grab and unassisted putout on a hard hit Hideki Matsui one-hop line drive snuffed out a Yankees rally and ended Game 5 of the World Series with a Marlins victory. The Marlins went on to win the World Series in Game 6.

Chicago Cubs

Lee was traded to the Cubs for Hee-seop Choi. He hit .278 with 32 home runs and 98 RBIs in his first year with the Cubs. In 2005, Lee had a career first half of the season, with an MLB-leading .376 batting average, 72 RBIs, and a tie for the major league lead in home runs with 27.

The Cubs had traded superstar Sammy Sosa, who had previously been one of their best hitters, before the 2005 season. Lee showed early on that he could more than compensate for the loss, and while Sosa had a disappointing 2005 season with the Baltimore Orioles, Lee had a career year. By midseason, he was among MLB's leaders in each of the triple crown categories: batting average, home runs, and RBIs. Lee hit his 200th career home run on August 28, 2005, off Florida Marlins starter Josh Beckett. He finished the year with a career-best 46 HR. His .335 batting average was the highest by a Cub since Bill Madlock's .339 in 1976 and made him the first Cub since Bill Buckner in 1980 to win a National League batting title. He also won the Gold Glove at first base that year.

Lee was named to the U.S. roster for the 2006 World Baseball Classic, where he was the first player to hit a home run for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

On April 10, 2006, Lee signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the Chicago Cubs.[1] The deal replaced his contract for the 2006 season and extended him as the Cubs' first baseman through the 2010 season and included a no-trade clause. He broke his wrist less than two weeks later, in a collision involving baserunner Rafael Furcal, and he missed 59 games due to the injury. The Cubs posted a 19–40 record during Lee's stint on the disabled list. Later, Lee went back on the disabled list with a post-traumatic inflammation in the outer bone of the medial side of the wrist.

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Lee takes the field.

In 2008, Lee hit 20 home runs, 90 RBIs and had a .291 batting average as the Cubs had the best regular-season record in the National League,, leading the Cubs to the NL central championship, later losing in the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0. In 2009, Lee ranked ninth in the voting for NL MVP, as he had a .306 batting average, and hit for 35 home runs and 111 RBIs.

On June 9, 2010, Lee hit his 300th career home run in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

On June 25, 2010, Lee was involved in a dugout altercation with Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano after the pitcher gave up four runs in the first inning and apparently blamed Lee for failing to field a sharply-hit lead-off double. Zambrano was suspended for his behavior.

Atlanta Braves

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Lee playing for the Braves.

In late July 2010 Lee used his ten and five rights to veto a trade to the Los Angeles Angels.[2] On August 18, 2010, Lee, with his approval, was traded to the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitching prospects Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and Jeffrey Lorick.[3] Lee began to serve as the Braves' starting first baseman on August 20, 2010, including postseason play in the NLDS.

Baltimore Orioles

Lee was signed from free agency to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2011 season.[4] He played in 85 games with the struggling Orioles, batting .246 with 12 home runs and 41 runs batted in.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On July 30, 2011, Lee was traded to the Pirates for minor league Class A first baseman Aaron Baker and cash considerations.[5] Lee hit two home runs in his first game as a Pirate. He was hit by a pitch and broke a bone in his left wrist on August 3, and missed most of the next month, but then finished the season productively as the Pittsburgh first baseman. Playing in 28 games as a Pirate in 2011, Lee batted .337 with 7 home runs and 18 RBIs.

Personal life

Lee is the son of Leon Lee. Leon never played in the Major Leagues, but did play professionally in Japan. Today, he is a scout for Major League Baseball and, coincidentally, he was the scout who "found" Hee-Seop Choi who was later traded for his son. Lee is the nephew of former Major League outfielder Leron Lee, who played eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Dodgers, Indians, and Padres. Currently, he works with the Cincinnati Reds as an advising batting coach to scouted players.

Project 3000

In September 2006, Lee's three-year-old daughter Jada was diagnosed with Leber's congenital amaurosis, a rare genetic disease resulting in loss of vision. Lee and Boston Celtics co-owner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck with the University of Iowa established Project 3000 in an effort to eradicate the disease, which affects both their families. Lee guest starred in an episode of NBC's drama series ER, "Gravity", which was first broadcast in October 2007. Lee agreed to the brief appearance because the producers of ER aired an episode in January 2008 that deals with Leber's congenital amaurosis. Lee's efforts to raise awareness and funds for research into the condition have helped to raise over $1,000,000 of additional research funds. An eventual cure for the disease depends greatly on getting data on patients and Lee's support has had a significant impact both in fundraising and testing patients who have the disease.

In 2009, Lee revealed that Jada had been misdiagnosed and does not have the disease, but Lee continues to be active in raising money for Project 3000.[6]

1st Touch Foundation

The 1st Touch Foundation was established in 2005 by Lee and his wife as a vehicle to encourage and support the educational aspirations of the community's young people. The initial vision was to build The 1st Touch Academic Youth Center in Sacramento, California. In 2009, Lee unveiled a cabernet wine called CaberLee through Charity Wines where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the 1st Touch Foundation.[7] However, in September 2012, the foundation closed after helping children in Sacramento for seven years.

Lee has visited countries such as Uganda and Israel to help out with the baseball programs. He visited the Israel Baseball Academy in 2015 helping them out with skills while visiting the country.

See also

References

  1. ^ ESPN.com news services (April 11, 2006). "Derrek Lee agrees to new five-year, $65M deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "Report: Zambrano would waive no-trade clause". ESPN.com. 18 June 2011.
  3. ^ Braves get Lee from Cubs for prospects
  4. ^ "Orioles, Lee finalize one-year contract".
  5. ^ Pittsburgh Pirates official press release (July 31, 2011). "Pirates acquire Derrek Lee from Baltimore". Pirates.com. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Muskat, Carrie (February 4, 2009). "Cubs fans can be in movie, aid charity". mlb.com. Retrieved March 17, 2009.
  7. ^ CaberLee – Derrek Lee releases Charity wine, April 6, 2009

External links

1993 Major League Baseball draft

The 1993 Major League Baseball draft began with first round selections on June 3, 1993. Alex Rodriguez was selected first overall by the Seattle Mariners. Other notable draftees included Chris Carpenter, Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek, Scott Rolen, future NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.

1993 San Diego Padres season

The 1993 San Diego Padres season was the 25th season in franchise history.

1998 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 1998 season was the 6th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to defend their World Series Champion title, having won the title in 1997. Their manager was Jim Leyland. They played home games at Pro Player Stadium, and finished with a record of 54–108, last in the NL East. The team is notable for having arguably the biggest fire sale in sports history, auctioning off nearly all of their most notable players. The 1998 Marlins were the first defending World Series champions to finish last in their division. After winning on opening day against the Chicago Cubs, the Marlins would lose 11 straight, the most consecutive losses by a reigning champion. The Marlins would finish 0-9 against 3 teams: Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Milwaukee. The 1998 Marlins are the last team in baseball history to finish winless against 3 separate opponents.

2003 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2003 season was the 11th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. The Marlins were the National League Wild Card Winners, the National League Champions, and the World Series Champions. They defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series in six games to win their second World Series championship. The Marlins became just the second team in baseball history to win a World Series championship despite being 10 or more games below .500 (as low as 19-29) at some point in the season; the other team was the 1914 Boston Braves. As of 2018, this was the most recent year the Marlins have advanced to the MLB postseason.

2003 National League Championship Series

The 2003 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins. The Cubs, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage. The Marlins came back from a three games to one deficit and won the series in seven games, advancing to the World Series against the New York Yankees, who they defeat in six games.

2004 Chicago Cubs season

The 2004 Chicago Cubs season was the 133rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 129th in the National League and the 89th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished 89-73, good for 3rd in the NL Central. Despite the strong record, the Cubs faltered down the stretch and missed the playoffs, and the season is largely viewed as a disappointment as a result.

2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 76th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–5, thus awarding an AL team (which eventually came to be the Chicago White Sox) home-field advantage in the 2005 World Series. The game was when Rawlings first previewed the Coolflo batting helmets.

2005 Major League Baseball season

The 2005 Major League Baseball season was notable for the league's new steroid policy in the wake of the BALCO scandal, which enforced harsher penalties than ever before for steroid use in Major League Baseball. Several players, including veteran Rafael Palmeiro, were suspended under the new policy. Besides steroids it was also notable that every team in the NL East division finished the season with at least 81 wins (at least half of the 162 games played). Additionally it was the first season featuring a baseball team in Washington, D.C. after more than 4 decades, with the Washington Nationals having moved from Montreal.

The Anaheim Angels changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The season ended when the Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in a four-game sweep in the World Series, winning their first championship since 1917.

Arizona League Padres

The Arizona League Padres are the first of two rookie-level teams of the San Diego Padres in the Arizona League. They play their home games at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona, which is also the home to Padres' spring training.

The Padres won the 2006 Arizona Rookie League (AZL) First Half title and the AZL Championship by beating the AZL Angels 5-2.

Casey Close

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Chiba Lotte Marines

The Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ, Chiba Rotte Marīnzu) are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League based in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, in the Kantō region, and owned by Lotte Holdings Co., Ltd.

Chicago Cubs award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball team.

Derek Lee

Derek Lee or Derrek Lee may refer to:

Derrek Lee (born 1975), former Major League Baseball first baseman from 1997 to 2011

Derek Lee (baseball) (born 1966), former Major League Baseball outfielder in 1993

Derek Lee (American football) (born 1981), wide receiver

Derek Lee (politician) (born 1948), lawyer and politician in Canada

Derek Lee (biologist) (born 1971), ecologist

Derek Lee, character in Afflicted (film)

Leon Lee

Leon Lee (born December 4, 1952 in Sacramento, California) is a former professional baseball player and manager. He played first base, third base and catcher during his career, batting and throwing right-handed.

He is the father of Derrek Lee and the brother of major league baseball player Leron Lee.

List of Chicago Cubs team records

The following lists statistical records and all-time leaders as well as awards and major accomplishments for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball club of Major League Baseball. The records list the top 5 players in each category since the inception of the Cubs.

Players that are still active with the Cubs are denoted in bold.

Records updated as of August 5, 2011.

List of Major League Baseball career strikeouts by batters leaders

In baseball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter accumulates three strikes during a time at bat (i.e. the batter fails to hit the ball in three successive pitches). It usually means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, and is denoted by K.Reggie Jackson holds the record for the most career strikeouts by a batter with 2,597. Jim Thome (2,548), Adam Dunn (2,379), Sammy Sosa (2,306), Alex Rodriguez (2,287) and Andres Galarraga (2,003) are the only other hitters to strikeout over 2,000 times.

Mesa Solar Sox

The Mesa Solar Sox are a baseball team that plays in the East Division of the Arizona Fall League. They play their home games in Mesa, Arizona at Sloan Park, which is also the spring training facility of the Chicago Cubs.

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.

The team began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. Per an agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team, making them the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.

Yasuhiko Yabuta

Yasuhiko Yabuta (薮田 安彦, Yabuta Yasuhiko, born June 19, 1973) is a Japanese former baseball pitcher. He competed in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and struck out Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Derrek Lee.

Yabuta made his professional debut with the Marines in 1996, and spent 12 years with the organization. He served as a setup man for the Marines in 2007 recording a 4–6 record with a 2.73 ERA in 58 games. After the season, he declared his free agency and came to America to pursue a Major League Baseball career. On November 22, 2007, the Kansas City Star reported that the Kansas City Royals agreed with Yabuta on a two-year contract with a club option for 2010.Yabuta officially signed with the Royals on November 28, 2007. He signed a two-year, $6,000,000 deal with the Kansas City Royals. The deal included a $4m club option for a third year. Yabuta was sent down to Triple-A Omaha Royals on June 25, 2008. He was designated for assignment on August 2 and was eventually sent outright to the minors. He was brought back to the Royals when the rosters expanded on September 1.

His teammates on the Royals have given him the nickname "Shake."On November 24, 2009, he signed a one-year deal with his old team Chiba Lotte, and he has remained with the team since.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Adrián Beltré
Ryan Howard
National League Player of the Month
April 2005
September 2009
Succeeded by
Bobby Abreu
Kelly Johnson
Preceded by
Barry Bonds
National League Slugging Percentage Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Albert Pujols

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