November 20, 2012 10:22
Lee Dae-ho, a slugger for the Orix Buffaloes in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), has been named one of the top players in his rookie year in Japan.
The NPB announced the 2012 Best 9 players on Monday, and Lee was picked as the top first baseman in the Pacific League. He won 135 of 204 votes from reporters and had a convincing lead over rivals including Atsunori Inaba of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, who earned 61 votes.
The awards are given to the top player in each position in both the Central and Pacific leagues.
Lee Dae-ho's performance in his debut season was considered good enough to win him the honor. He started all 144 games as a cleanup hitter, finished first overall in RBIs with 91, had the second most homeruns at 24 and second best SLG of 0.478, was fifth in number of hits (150) and recorded the 10th best batting average of 0.286.
Upon hearing the news, Lee said, "I'm delighted to win this prestigious award in my first year in Japan. I will do my best to do even better next season."
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