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Retired slugger to serve as honorary ambassador for pro baseball league

2018/01/12 17:05

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SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- Retired baseball slugger Lee Seung-yuop will serve as an honorary ambassador for the nation's top baseball league starting this year.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) introduced Lee, who retired in 2017 after an illustrious, 23-year career, as its goodwill spokesman. Lee left the KBO as the league's career leader in home runs (467), runs scored (1,355), RBIs (1,498), doubles (464) and total bases (4,077).

He spent his entire 15-year KBO career with the Samsung Lions, and spent eight seasons in Japan from 2004 to 2011.

The 41-year-old also owns the KBO's single-season record with 56 home runs from 2003.

In this photo provided by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), retired star Lee Seung-yuop (L), the KBO's career home runs leader, and KBO Commissioner Chung Un-chan pose with a plaque appointing Lee as an honorary ambassador for the KBO. (Yonhap) In this photo provided by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), retired star Lee Seung-yuop (L), the KBO's career home runs leader, and KBO Commissioner Chung Un-chan pose with a plaque appointing Lee as an honorary ambassador for the KBO. (Yonhap)

Lee also had memorable moments for the South Korean national team, delivering key hits and home runs to lift South Korea to a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Lee was a feared slugger on the field and a revered figure off the field for his humility.

KBO Commissioner Chung Un-chan thanked Lee for accepting the role and said, "We expect him to continue to contribute to the KBO's development in his retirement."

   Lee said he was contemplating different options for his post-playing career, and that he was "honored" to have received the call from the KBO.

"Regardless of what I am asked to do, I'll do the best I can as long as it helps baseball and the KBO," Lee added.

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