June 15, 2012 10:07
Lee Seung-yeop is getting ready to write another chapter in his personal legend.
Lee hit his 14th homer of the season and his second in as many games when his Samsung Lions hosted the Hanwha Eagles on Thursday. It was his 497th home run in Korea and Japan, and three more will see him become the first Korean hitter to reach 500.
Lee has hit 338 homers in Korea¸ putting him within striking distance of now-retired Yang Joon-hyuk's record of 351.
Hitting the 500 milestone is a rare feat not only in Korea, but also in Japan and the U.S. Only 25 players have managed this in the 136-year history of Major League Baseball, with Barry Bonds standing atop the mount with 762 homers.
In Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League, which has been going for 76 years, just eight sluggers have passed this feat, including Sadaharu Oh with 868 home runs.
Only four currently active players, including Alex Rodriguez (639) of New York Yankees and Hideki Matsui (507) of the Tampa Bay Rays, have hit more than 500 home runs.
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