The latest member of the Seattle Mariners comes from Korea by way of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan last season after signing a minor-league deal with the MLB team.
His name is Dae Ho Lee and he’s a former member of Korea’s World Baseball Classic squad and a guy who hit 31 home runs last season for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He probably won’t be fighting for a starting spot, but the Mariners are a team with a rich history of international stars that fans have watched closely in the past.
“Dae-Ho gives us another potential right-handed power bat in the first base competition,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a prepared statement. “He has performed at a very high level of production in both Korea and Japan and we are excited to see how that translates to our team.”
How might he translate onto cardboard? We’ve already got cards to watch and see — no matter what happens in spring training.
Lee already appears on more than 50 Topps baseball cards from 2009 when the company incorporated World Baseball Classic players into its Bowman products. Lee did not sign any autographs for the brands but does appear on several Relics in Bowman Sterling. His cards also can be found in Bowman Chrome, Topps Chrome and Triple Threads. He also appears in the 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic set where he has several patch cards.
In addition he has BBM baseball cards from his time in Japan where he hit .293 with 98 homers and 348 RBI in 570 games.
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