Slugger Lee Seung-yeop Bows out to Help Needy

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    December 01, 2017 10:39

    Lee Seung-yeop holds a sign showing his jersey number in front of his locker in Daegu, in this photo posted on his Instagram account on Wednesday.

    Lee Seung-yeop, the former slugger of the Samsung Lions, vowed to dedicate his life to helping the needy.

    Lee, who recently wrapped up his decorated professional career, left a message Wednesday on his Instagram account with a photo of himself in a locker room where he dropped to clear out his stuff.

    "I just enjoyed what I like the most, playing baseball -- and worked hard, but I received enormous love from my fans," he wrote. "Whenever I met fans, they thanked me, but I'm the one who should be thankful. And I promise that I will do my best to help the needy in return for the love and support that I have received."

    Making his professional debut with Samsung Lions in 1995, Lee set many records, including his career total of 626 homeruns, with some 159 coming from the Nippon Professional Baseball league when he played in Japan from 2004 to 2011.

    He retired after the season's final game against the Nexen Heroes in Daegu on Oct. 3.

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