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Man Soo Lee (Hulk)

Catcher Man Soo Lee played for sixteen seasons with the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization. He retired as the KBO's all-time home run king with 252; a record which has since been passed by Jong-Hun Jang and Seung-Yeop Lee among others. In 2006, Lee's KBO home run mark for catchers was broken by Kyung-wan Park. He won the MVP Award of the KBO in 1983 and the next season won the Triple Crown with a .340 average, 23 home runs and 80 RBI. It would be 22 years until another batter won the Triple Crown; Dae-ho Lee accomplished the feat in 2006. He also led the league in homers and RBI in three straight seasons (1983-1985), won 5 Gold Gloves (1983-1987) and played in 12 All-Star Games. He hit the first home run in the history of the KBO as well.

Lee was on the first South Korean national team to win Silver in a Amateur World Series, doing so in 1980.

After retiring he served as hitting coach for the 1998 Kinston Indians and as the first base coach for the Charlotte Knights in 1999. From 2000 to 2006, he was bullpen catcher for the Chicago White Sox, the first Korean to coach in the major leagues. After the '06 season, Lee returned to Korea as a coach for the SK Wyverns.

In May of 2007, Lee staged a publicity stint to give SK their first home sell-out in over two years when he promised to wear boxers (and fake buttocks) on the field. He then auctioned off the boxers for charity. He became SK's skipper in 2011 and led them to the 2011 Korean Series.

[edit] KBO Statistics

Year Team AVG G AB R H HR TB RBI SB BB HBP SO GIDP
1982 Samsung 0.289 78 270 46 78 13 135 51 6 46 4 27 13
1983 Samsung 0.294 98 357 53 105 27 198 74 0 41 8 51 11
1984 Samsung 0.340 89 300 45 102 23 190 80 3 26 12 37 10
1985 Samsung 0.322 103 357 63 115 22 204 87 7 42 14 37 13
1986 Samsung 0.321 59 212 31 68 16 124 39 1 21 6 20 7
1987 Samsung 0.344 85 299 56 103 18 173 76 6 47 4 23 16
1988 Samsung 0.323 86 285 47 92 18 159 58 6 41 7 22 8
1989 Samsung 0.284 110 359 55 102 20 173 64 4 42 10 48 12
1990 Samsung 0.287 110 359 50 103 26 194 57 3 54 5 37 16
1991 Samsung 0.317 118 378 51 120 17 189 74 6 56 8 27 7
1992 Samsung 0.289 93 305 50 88 22 165 70 7 48 12 41 8
1993 Samsung 0.207 78 193 21 40 5 60 20 0 21 3 23 8
1994 Samsung 0.253 109 233 24 59 12 109 37 0 28 5 42 5
1995 Samsung 0.215 97 158 17 34 5 59 27 1 24 8 20 1
1996 Samsung 0.285 97 193 14 55 6 87 38 2 14 10 25 5
1997 Samsung 0.231 39 52 2 12 2 20 9 0 3 2 10 0
KBO Totals 0.296 1449 4310 625 1276 252 2239 861 52 554 118 490 140
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