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KBO: Jong-Beom Lee decides to retire at the age of forty-one

by on Apr.05, 2012 @ 9:10 pm, under Other

From the Korea Herald:

For professional athletes, the most difficult thing is knowing when it's time to call it a career. Lee Jong-beom of the Kia Tigers reached that point this spring.

The 41-year-old announced on Saturday his retirement from baseball after 19 seasons in the country’s top baseball league.

The news came as a shock as until recently the longtime franchise star trained hard in the offseason, hoping to continue playing for the team this season, which kicks off this weekend.

But with just one week to go before the opening of the season, Lee was told that he had been demoted to the reserve-team squad and that there would be a slim chance of him making the first team this year. 

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Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1993 Haitai Tigers 126 525 475 85 133 16 4 16 205 53 73 19 8 4 32 2 6 35 11 .280 .331 .432 .762
1994 Haitai Tigers 124 561 499 113 196 27 5 19 290 77 84 15 1 4 51 14 6 31 2 .393 .452 .581 1.033
1995 Haitai Tigers 63 272 239 41 78 10 2 16 140 35 32 3 0 3 28 4 2 20 5 .326 .397 .586 .983
1996 Haitai Tigers 113 525 449 94 149 28 1 25 254 76 57 12 0 2 67 15 7 39 4 .332 .425 .566 .990
1997 Haitai Tigers 125 577 484 112 157 28 3 30 281 74 64 15 0 3 87 30 3 49 9 .324 .428 .581 1.009
1998 Chunichi Dragons 67 290 244 38 69 11 3 10 116 29 18 8 3 1 36 2 6 33 4 .283 .387 .475 .862
1999 Chunichi Dragons 123 484 424 76 101 20 5 9 158 33 24 7 13 2 38 1 7 62 6 .238 .310 .373 .683
2000 Chunichi Dragons 113 465 414 58 114 26 2 8 168 37 11 8 13 2 28 0 8 70 6 .275 .332 .406 .738
2001 Chunichi Dragons 8 13 13 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .154 .154 .231 .385
2001 Kia Tigers 45 214 188 45 64 14 1 11 113 37 7 5 2 3 20 0 1 16 5 .340 .401 .601 1.002
2002 Kia Tigers 123 546 485 93 142 25 2 18 225 59 35 5 4 1 43 5 13 63 7 .293 .365 .464 .829
2003 Kia Tigers 132 595 524 110 165 43 1 20 270 61 50 10 1 4 59 5 7 58 8 .315 .389 .515 .904
2004 Kia Tigers 133 577 493 100 128 29 0 17 208 52 42 7 12 2 53 1 17 50 9 .260 .350 .422 .772
2005 Kia Tigers 118 495 430 69 134 25 2 6 181 36 28 5 7 0 47 2 11 49 8 .312 .393 .421 .814
2006 Kia Tigers 93 379 339 41 82 18 1 1 105 21 10 7 11 0 24 2 5 43 3 .242 .302 .310 .611
2007 Kia Tigers 84 282 253 23 44 6 0 1 53 18 3 2 10 4 13 0 2 25 6 .174 .217 .209 .426
2008 Kia Tigers 110 362 317 38 90 19 4 1 120 38 9 3 9 3 32 0 1 26 11 .284 .348 .379 .727
2009 Kia Tigers 123 449 385 63 105 21 1 6 146 40 11 1 12 6 41 1 5 50 9 .273 .346 .379 .725
2010 Kia Tigers 97 286 265 36 65 16 1 4 95 29 2 2 6 0 15 0 3 33 5 .245 .293 .379 .619
2011 Kia Tigers 97 258 235 27 65 15 1 3 91 24 3 2 12 3 22 1 1 35 6 .277 .337 .387 .724
KBO 1706 6784 6060 1100 1797 340 29 194 2777 730 510 113 95 42 634 82 90 622 108 .297 .372 .458 .830
NPB 311 1252 1095 174 286 58 10 27 445 99 53 23 29 5 102 3 21 169 16 .245 .334 .358 .741