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[11/3/2015] Dae-Ho Lee’s press conference on November 3

by on Nov.03, 2015 @ 4:35 pm, under NPB
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Dae-Ho Lee held a press conference at Banyantree Club & Spa in Seoul, Korea on November 3. WoW! Korea posted questions and answers from the press conference.

Why do you want to go to the Majors when you have 500 million yen guaranteed next year?

It is my dream to play in the Majors. I'm in my mid-thirties, it's only going to get more difficult if I don't do this now. I spoke a lot about it with my family. They trust me and so I made the decision.

Can you play third?

For me, first and designated hitter is the easiest, but if a teams wants me there, I will prepare myself based on what the organization wants and play third.

When did you tell [Softbank] that you wanted to play in the Majors?

From the minute I went to Japan, my thoughts were always headed toward the Majors. It's only been four days since the end of the season. Just before that, all I was thinking about was winning a championship. I still [wanted to play in the Majors], but my immediate concern was what was right in front of me. I spoke to my agent two days ago and that's when I made the decision.

Why did you pick your current agent?

MVP Sports Club is a famous agency. I met an agent in August. I wasn't thinking about it at the time, but you can't just let dreams sit. I think this was good.

If you go to America, how will you prepare yourself?

My batting average dropped quite a bit while I played in Japan. Pitchers throw a lot of off-speed pitches so I tried to be a lot more patient than when I played in Korea. Major League pitchers come right at you, and I'll be a rookie I think there will be a lot I have to learn, so I want to start over from scratch.

Byeong-Ho Park is also going, will that be a problem?

Byeong-Ho Park is Korea's best hitter. I think he is a good player. I don't see anything wrong by going at the same time. I think it will be great if things go well for the both of us. There's no reason why this would be bad for us.

Is there a team you would like to play for?

I have never thought about which team I want to play for. It has only been two days since I made the decision to go to the Majors. I think I have to ask players I know, like Shin-Soo Choo and Jung-ho Kang, for advice.

What about Softbank's contract?

I can't really go into the specifics. If I stay in Japan, I do not plan on signing with a team other than Softbank.

If you make it to the Majors, you might be able to see a lot more of Shin-Soo Choo.

I think Shin-Soo, with the language barrier, really had a hard time. I wil be going after a stop in Japan, so I think I will be able to use that experience to help me. I want to try the baseball I learned in Korea in the United States.

It seems [your wife gave birth to] a second child.

I heard the baby was laughing for three days after its birth.

You haven't had time to rest.

I haven't really had a good night's rest. I have another goal, to hit well during the Premier 12. Then I can rest.

Hikoki Kokubo mentioned you as the player he worried about the most.

There are many players better than me. If you're worried about me, then something is wrong.

What are you plans now?

I will join the national team after this interview. Once I put on the uniform, I can only think about baseball. I can focus on the game because I have a good agent.

Do you have something you'd like to say to Softbank?

I was very happy. Everyone in Fukuoka loves Softbank. I appreciated the coaches and players trying to talk to me in Korean. I picked Softbank because I wanted a championship. I'm lucky because it really came true.

What do you want to accomplish in the Majors?

I'll talk about that if I can get a contract.

Source: Wow!Korea

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[6/22/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.23, 2014 @ 12:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ikusei 3rd round draft pick Ryusei Kitanosono fouled a ball off his right foot during a game against the Futures on Saturday.  He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his right big toe on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe was the starting designated hitter on Saturday because he was still not 100 percent (neck problems). Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Doala sprained his right ankle while attempting to land a back-flip during Saturday's game against Lotte.  He was unable to perform on Sunday.  Lotte's Cool tried to fill in for him. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino has resumed walking, but there is still no timetable on his return. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up again on Sunday because of pain in his right elbow.  Nakamura did not participate in pre-game batting practice, but did take some grounders during fielding practice. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee was hampered with lower back pains when he went hitless in three straight games between the 12th and 15th.  He was feeling better on the 19th after a rain out on the 17th gave him three consecutive days of rest. Source: Sponichi 6/22/2014
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[5/5/2014] Injury Report: Hiroki Uemoto (Hanshin), Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on May.05, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was left out of the starting line-up on Monday because of tightness in the adductor muscle in his right leg. Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Sunday.  It was his first session with a squatting catcher since spring camp. Source: Sanspo 5/5/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee fouled a ball off his left foot during pre-game batting practice on Sunday.  He made the starting line-up against Rakuten, but was replaced on defense in the 6th as a precaution (there was still some swelling). Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th of Monday's game against Lotte because of pain in his lower back.  Pena may have tweaked the area when he swung the bat during his plate appearance in the 3rd.  The Buffaloes will wait to see how he is feeling on Tuesday before deciding what to do next. Source: Sponichi 5/5/2014

[2/9/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 1:02 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Dae-Ho Lee 2/8 53 Extra batting practice; eight over the fence, including three in a row; used a training bat for the last five pitches, swung seriously, and hit three over the fence; first round of extra batting practice since the start of camp.  Sanspo 2/9/2014, Sports Hochi 2/9/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Hideki Okajima BP 2/9 36 Faced Dae-Ho Lee and Nobuhiko Matsunaka; allowed three could-be hits.  Spnichi 2/9/2014
Yuito Mori BPs 2/9   Faced eight hitters, did not allow any hits, walked one.  Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
Ren Kajiya BP 2/9 30 Standing catcher; all fastballs; first session since the start of camp (first session off mound since October 2013 due to injury).  Sanspo 2/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014


Sadaharu Oh on Dae-Ho Lee: "If [Lee] wanted to hit home runs, he could hit forty or fifty. ... But he is focusing on hitting the ball between center and right.  And that is fine.  Ichiro was the same.  He should continue doing what he is doing."

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/9/2014

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[1/30/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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The Hawks visited Hakozaki Shrine on Thursday to pray for a successful season.  About 2,500 fans showed up to watch.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014


Barbaro Canizares arrived in Fukuoka (via Narita Airport) on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014


Kenichi Nakata tossed forty-two pitches, including the slider and curve, in the bullpen on Wednesday.  Shinya Tsuruoka caught the session.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014

Nakata signed with Softbank because he wanted to be closer to his home town and because one of his doctors (the one he trusts the most) is in Fukuoka.  He is looking forward to playing with the DH-rule and is hoping to see an increase in his innings pitched.

Source: ZakZak 1/30/2014


Dae-Ho Lee worked out in Saipan this month.  His days started at 7:30am and ended after 9:30pm.  He looked visibly thinner during his press conference on Wednesday, but denied losing weight.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014


Jason Standridge is happy to be back in Fukuoka.  He tossed two bullpen sessions before arriving in Japan on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014


The Hawks held a press conference for Standridge, Brian Wolfe, and Dennis Sarfate at YafuOku Dome on Thursday.

Source: official announcementHawks Ustream 1/30/2014


Edison Barrios can play the bongos and the drums.  His father is a semi-professional bongo player.  He has a cousin that plays the trumpet and two uncles that play timbales and sax, respectively.  Barrios is interested in studying music after his career in baseball.

Barrios threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen at Saitozaki on Wednesday.  It was his second session since arriving in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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[1/29/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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2013 draft class training camp at the Saitozaki facilities ended today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014


Batting coach Yasuo Fujii is not planning to give Dae-Ho Lee any preferential treatment during spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2014

Lee arrived in Japan today.  The Hawks held a press conference for him at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Sanspo 1/29/2014Hawks Ustream 1/29/2014


Dennis Sarfate and Brian Wolfe arrived at Narita Airport today and made their way to Fukuoka.  As did Paul Oseguera and Jason Standridge.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014


Nobuhiro Matsuda started using a training bat without a tapered handle during workouts this month.  The bat is about eighty-five centimeters long with a diameter of 6.6 centimeters.  He likes the way it feels and is thinking about taking it with him to spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014


Yuki Yanagita and Tadashi Settsu modeled uniforms with the Q'sai logo on the left sleeve during a press conference at YafuOku Dome on Tuesday.  It was supposed to be Kenta Imamiya and Yanagita, but Imamiya could not make it.  The organization did not realize he was unavailable until they contacted him on the day of the event and found out that he was still in Oita.  Fortunately, they were able to find a replacement in Settsu at the last minute.

Source: Sanspo 1/29/2014Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014


The Softbank Hawks and Softbank Hawks Marketing will be merging.  The changes will become effective March 1, 2014.

Source: official announcement

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[12/24/2013] Softbank Hawks come to terms with Dae-Ho Lee

by on Dec.24, 2013 @ 3:41 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by the Chosun Ilbo (with information from Nikkan Sports), the Softbank Hawks are finalizing a two-year deal with Dae-Ho Lee that includes an option for a third year.

To breakdown the contract:

Signing bonus - 50 million yen
2014 - 400 million yen + 50-200 million incentives
2015 - 500 million yen + 50-200 million incentives
2016 - 500 million yen + 50-200 million incentives (Lee controls the option)

Total value of contract - 1.45 billion yen guaranteed, assuming Lee stays with the Hawks in 2016.
Including incentives, the final contract could be worth anywhere from 1.6 billion yen to 2.05 billion yen.

The two sides are still reportedly working on the option year and the incentives.

Source: Chosun Ilbo 12/24/2013 via Tokyo Sports 12/24/2013

[UPDATE @ 7:38pm]

The Hawks announced the addition of Lee today.  He has been assigned the number ten.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 8:10pm]

According to Sanspo, Lee agreed to a two-year deal worth 900 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sanspo 12/24/2013

[UPDATE 12/25 @ 1:16pm]

Team official Kazuo Ogawa told reporters they signed a two-year deal with Lee.  The deal is worth an estimated total 900 million yen that could balloon out to an estimated maximum three billion yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2013

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[12/5/2013] Sponichi: Softbank getting ready to announce agreements with Lee, Standridge, Wolfe, and Sarfate

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 4:08 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks may be very close to making an announcement of deals with Dae-Ho Lee (31), Jason Standridge (35), Brian Wolfe (33), and Dennis Sarfate (32).  The Hawks may have spent about 1.6 billion yen on all four players, with about half going to Lee in the form of a two-year deal worth an estimated 800 million yen.  That could push Softbank's 2013 winter shopping total to a whopping 2.6 billion yen, which, by the way, would be more than the current proposed upper threshold for posting system bids.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013

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[12/3/2013] Nikkan Sports: Hawks closing in on deals with Dae-Ho Lee, Jason Standridge

by on Dec.03, 2013 @ 2:49 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Softbank Hawks may be closing in on deals with Dae-Ho Lee (31) and Jason Standridge (35).  The Hawks may have offered Lee a two-year deal worth over one billion yen.  A separate report by Nishinippon Shimbun from November 22 mentions Softbank preparing what may have been, at the time, a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen for Standridge.

The Hawks may also be looking into Dennis Sarfate (32) as a possible candidate to close.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013, Nishinippon Shimbun 11/22/2013

A JoongAng Ilbo report mentions that Hawks' offer to Lee might be three or more years worth between 1.6 and 1.9 billion yen.

"I have had a lot of things to think about lately.  Right now, if I am to return to Japan, there is a good chance it will be with Softbank.  They are actively pursuing me and have made me a solid deal.  I can feel that they need me.  They also have a good chance at winning with me.  I think I will be signing a new contract worthy of the Big Boy wthin the next month.  I will have good news to reports," Lee said.

Source: JoongAng Ilbo 12/2/2013

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[11/15/2013] Softbank Hawks interested in Dae-Ho Lee

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 4:00 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks are interested in Dae-Ho Lee.

Sponichi is reporting that the Hawks could be preparing a three or more year deal with a base 400 million yen per season.

Sports Hochi thinks the Hawks could end up spending about 4.5 billion yen this winter if they manage to sign every player are currently targeting:

  • Kenichi Nakata (four years at max 700 million)
  • Kan Otake (four years at max one billion)
  • either Brian Wolfe or Jason Standridge (two years at 500 million)
  • Hideki Okajima
  • Shinya Tsuruoka (four years at max 700 million)
  • Dae-Ho Lee (three years at over 1.4 billion)

Tokyo Sports has heard the Hawks might be preparing a four-year deal worth 1.8 billion.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013, Sports Hochi 11/15/2013, Tokyo Sorts 11/15/2013

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