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15 TV cameras, 100 reporters covered Dae-Ho Lee press conference

by on Dec.06, 2011 @ 10:45 pm, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes held a press conference at a hotel in Busan, Korea to introduce their newest addition, Dae-Ho Lee (29).  15 TV cameras and about 100 reporters covered the event.  Lee also apparently said he signed a 2-year deal worth a total 760M yen (the breakdown, according to Yonhap news, is a signing bonus worth 200M yen, a yearly salary of 250M yen plus 30M yen in incentives).

"I had a tough time making this decision," said Lee.  "But I felt the time was right for me to be a man and accept this new challenge.  I could have remained in Korea and maintained my status as a good hitter, but I want to show that a player that excelled in Korea can also excel in Japan.

Regarding his goals, he said, "I have never set any personal goals during my career.  If Orix wins a championship, it means I had a good season."

Akinobu Okada also attended the press conference and said, "I want him to pull this team forward as the clean-up batter."  Okada also said that he planned to use Lee at first.

Lee is expected to join the team on 2/1.