August 14th, 2010
07:24 AM ET

South Korean breaks world record for home runs

A South Korean baseball player slugged his way into the history books Saturday when his three-run shot in the second inning  broke the world record for consecutive-game home runs in the professional ranks, according to news reports.

Lotte Giants infielder Lee Dae-ho, playing against the Kia Tigers in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, blasted his ninth straight homer in as many games, according to Yonhap News.

On Friday, Lee tied the world record for homers in eight straight games shared by Major League Baseball's Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long. In that game, Lee was bummed because his team lost 10-7.  “Today I feel somewhat unhappy as my team was defeated,’’ Lee said, according to the Korean Times.

"I only tried to hit properly to advance and made it with a homerun. I was also surprised to see the ball pass over the fence,’’ Lee was quoted as saying.

Lee had a .365 batting average going into Saturday's game.

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  1. LOTTE GIANTS

    He is real giants!!!! Go LOTTE!!!

    August 14, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. LOTTE GIANTS FAN

    No. 16 Dae ho Lee

    August 14, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      10 is his back number

      August 14, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lotte GIANTS

    Dae-ho Lee's Jersey number is 10

    Korea 대한민국
    화이팅

    August 14, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Busan seagull

    Do you know Lee Dae Ho?
    He is heart of Giants~

    August 14, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. korea baseball

    The best batter is Lee Dae-ho.(Giants)
    The best pitcher is Sun Dong-yeul. (Lions coach)

    August 14, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ㅋㅋ

      박찬호 병시나

      August 14, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • DK

      nah fool
      its ryu hyun jin

      August 14, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. TJ

    So what. He did it against Korean pitching. Most of those pitchers barely touch 90 mph. Bringing Korean baseball up in the same breath as MLB is a joke. The only records that count are in America baseball, where the best players in the world play. Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long's 8 consecutive HR games is much more impressive because it was against MLB pitching. Comparing Korean baseball to the MLB's is like comparing little league baseball to minor league baseball.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Fredo gall

      TJ, then do you remember who got the second place in world baseball classic? Do you remember which teams scored low ERA? well was it major leaguers? I doubt so. The most impressive major leaguer was Matsuzaka. and that was it.
      I thought the whole game was a homerun derby. well, because the pitchers who were hitten lot were MAJOR LEAGUERS.

      August 14, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • BW

      Does anyone care about South Korean baseball, let alone the world baseball classic? Yeah hitting a homerun in 8 straight games is a tough thing to do in any level of baseball, but if this guy wants to be a 'good' player he has to play in the MLB. You would think if you hit .365 and 8 straight games with a homerun you could make the majors, but then again there is a reason why scouts get paid so much so there has to be a reason for that.

      August 14, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ㅋㅋ

      나는 영어는 모르겠고,

      연속홈런이 쉬운줄 아냐
      전성기 약본즈가 와서 4할에 60홈런을 때리더라도
      9경기 연속 홈런은 장담 못할걸?

      August 14, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Huge fan of Lotte Giants

      Don't feed the troll

      August 14, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • DK

      guys, please -0-
      make some research abt KBO before u diss it..
      most of the foreign players going into KBO either played in MLB till their last season befrore KBO or they were top AAA players
      and the truth is most of them fail to make a contract for another year
      it is very true that KBO isnt as great as MLB
      but KBO has its unique style and it is far above triple A.
      My team LG Twins had Edgar Gonzales from MLB as its foreign player this year
      he never had a signle win and had a lot worse record. he had to fly back to the states in the middle of the season
      so hitting HRs in 9 gaems straight in KBO is dfenitely something

      August 14, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Morgans

      Are you kidding me? Whoever is bashing this guy are idiots. You are just jealous. He is in a MAJOR LEAGUE baseball league. It counts. Just b/c it's not the major leagues that you watch doesn't mean it doesn't count.

      August 14, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yeah... its such difficult to hit a ball with pitchers on STEROIDS...

      August 14, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • the babe

      these koreans probably play a game closer to how it was back when i played. The MLB is more about money, performance enhancing drugs than the game now.

      NOT TO MENTION-many of the MLB's best players are increasingly players coming to the usa from abroad to play. To say that there is NO talent anywhere besides America is ignorant!

      August 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • charliebinn

      Lol. This is quite entertaining. Let's just state it this way for your puny arrogant mind to understand.

      MLB > KBO. Therefore both pitchers and hitters are better, correct?

      Let's say that the pitchers and hitters in the MLB are 2 and KBO, 1. Therefore if you make a ratio, 2/2 = 1 and 1/1 = 1. It's the same thing. A world record is a world record. It doesn't matter if a kid breaks a world record or an adult, it's all the same.

      August 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kieran

      I don't even know anything about baseball but i can already tell that the people supporting Lee Dae-ho know more than half the people supporting this post.

      August 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ozzy12

      @BW You are a Moron. Rice and Fish? South Korea is the 2nd most expensive country to live in, in the world, behind England.

      August 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO

      Griffey Jr. and so on They hit the home run many years ago and Lee hit the homerun these days although there was Korea. And if drug man play baseball in Korea drug man never can't hit the 9straight home-run Don't look down Korean baseball

      August 15, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. RufusVonDufus

    Congratulations to him on a great achievement! Will we be seeing him in MLB?

    August 14, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lotte GIANTS

      Lotte Giants club proposes an air conditioner of current price 300 dollars to the spectators who picked up an international new record home run ball.

      August 14, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Huge fan of Lotte Giants

      after 2011 season, Lee DaeHo will get Free Agent Qualification.
      nothing clear whether he gonna stay or not
      He is the most valuable player of Giants. Giants might put every effort to make him stay.

      August 14, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. KOREA!

    I'm proud of Dae Ho And hope to stay around in LOTTE GIANTS FOREVER!!!

    August 14, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. reaper

    That's a lot of homers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUkcjAtzzcI

    August 14, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lotte GIANTS

    Lotte Giants club's suggest the fan(gain world record homerun ball) air conditioner(market price is 300$)

    it's true ㅎㅎㅎ

    이거 번역 잘 됬나여? 이거 좀 고쳐주실분 고쳐주삼

    August 14, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Huge fan of Lotte Giants

      쪼잔한 롯데 프런트 새끼들 ㅠㅠ

      August 14, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. restowman

    TJ, a good percentage of American baseball players are not even Americans, so stop being a hater and enjoy this bit of baseball history.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      restowman
      You miss my point. It has nothing to do with nationality. It's about the quality of the league. Do you think that the pitching this guy is facing in Korea is nearly as good as MLB? If you do, you have no clue about baseball. I have been watching baseball my whole life. My issue is that the article tries to make a comparison by stating this guy broke a "World Record".

      August 14, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yes... MLB is bigger and pays better and most important thing is that they get to use STEROIDS! Who doesn't want to compete in a league where only chance of doing well is using STEROIDS. TJ is right MLB is the biggest....using STEROIDS.......

      August 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lotte GIANTS

    He is best player in Korea.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. LH

    to TJ :
    i dont think this article is trying to make a comparison..
    its stating a truth : no one has ever done what Daeho Lee did today in any kind of baseball league.
    obviously, mlb is so much better than the korean league, but what we focus on is that he did homers in 9 consecutive games.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      @LH
      To quote: 'no one has ever done what Daeho Lee did today in any kind of baseball league'
      Not true!: http://bdtonline.com/localsports/x1048529890/Illig-breaks-local-Little-League-home-run-record-with-20
      The article states: '...Illig slammed 18 home runs in 19 games during the regular season, and he’s added two more in six games as an All-Star...' My calculus says that he had to hit a minimum at 9 HR in a row during that stretch for that to be true, and he likely hit more. So that record was equaled, and likely exceeded in "any kind of baseball league"...... (You would be more compelling if you more carefully worded your arguments....)

      August 14, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Trouble

      The math only works if you assume he hit no more than one homer in a game. Perhaps he hit several in the first game, had a dry spell, and then another hot game etc...

      August 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM

      @ Veritas , we are talking about pro league, as you may know.

      August 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jstmyview

    Playing against "Special Olympic Teams" doesn't count.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • CN77

      Uh, so who won the Olympic gold medal in baseball in 2008? Which teams were in the WBC final? Hmmm... you don't know obviously.

      August 14, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      @CN77 – While I understand the point you're trying to make, just take a look at USA's Olympic Team in 2008: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_at_the_2008_Summer_Olympics. South Korea did win, but essentially against a bunch of MLB Minor Leaguers. Wonder how they would have hit against Roy Halliday, CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett, Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee?....well you get the idea. My guess is probably not that well!

      August 14, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Most MLB could not compete in Olympics due to STEROIDS use.

      August 14, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Baseball John

    TJ
    You may have been watching all your life but yet so IGNORANT of others. You say you are a fan of American baseball and that is terrific. You probably can't even catch a ball so stop the hating and maybe every minority baseball player can sign a Walmart t-shirt for you to put in your living room wall along with your patio furniture inside your home.

    August 14, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
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