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Leron Lee

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Leron Lee played eight years in the majors and three in the minors, but is much more famous as a star in Japan.

He was a first-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966.

Lee hit 52 home runs during three seasons in the minors. He was the 1967 MVP of the California League with the Modesto Reds. While with Tulsa in 1969, managed by Warren Spahn, he hit 17 home runs while Ted Simmons had 16.

In his best year in the majors, 1972, he hit .300 and slugged .497 in a league which hit .248 and slugged .365. His team, the San Diego Padres, hit .227 and no regular other than Lee hit higher than .269 (that .269 belonged to Cito Gaston)

The brother of Leon Lee and the uncle of Derrek Lee, Leron played eleven seasons in Japan with the Lotte Orions and hit 283 home runs during his career there. he holds the record for the career highest batting average in Nippon Pro Baseball for a batter with over 4000 at-bats - .320.

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