June 21, 2013 10:40
Samsung Lions' slugger Lee Seung-yeop set a new landmark record on Thursday with his 352nd career homerun, a feat he achieved against the SK Wyverns in Incheon. No other player in Korea's professional baseball league has ever scored as many homers throughout their career.
In the top of the third inning with one out and runners on first and second bases, Lee hit a 120-m homer off a high fastball by Yoon Hee-sang that clocked 143km/h. It came in Lee's 1,324th game at the age of 36 years, 10 months and two days.
The previous record of 351 homeruns in 2,135 games was held by Yang Joon-hyuk, who now serves as a commentator for SBS ESPN.
In the post-match interview, Lee sported a jersey bearing the Korean words for "352, the most homers in the history of Korean professional baseball" on the sleeve. "I wasn't going for a homerun, but a fastball came in," he said. "I don't know how long I'll remain active in the sport, but I've already got my eyes on homer No. 400."
In 2003, Lee became the youngest player in the world to hit the 300 mark. That year he also earned the distinction of hitting the highest number of homers (56) in one season in Asia.
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