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July 07, 2006

Seung-yeop Lee

From The Chosun Ilbo -

A few Major League teams including the New York Yankees have their eyes on Korean slugger Lee Seung-yeop, who plays for Yomiuri. In his Sports Illustrated column "Around the majors" that appeared on Thursday, Jon Heyman wrote, "Several teams, including the Yankees, are scouting Yomiuri Giants power hitter Seung-Yeop Lee, the biggest slugging star from the World Baseball Classic."

Heyman said that with his 26 homeruns and .646 batting average, Lee, who will become a free agent after this season, is leading the Central League. However, the magazine quoted a scout as saying, "He's good but not quite as good as (Hideki) Matsui."

I first heard of Seung-yeop three years ago.

I'm not sure about this one. When I think about it, it seems like he would be a Pete O'Brien type player in the United States.

That's an OK-player. But, is that much different from a Carlos Pena or Andy Phillips?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 7, 2006 09:50 AM


I wasn't aware of any Korean players playing in Japan. That has to be a difficult thing to do, given the animosity and history between the two peoples.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 10:09 AM

Sorry to go off-topic, but what do you think of this? I say go for it. From the Post:

"Shawn Chacon went from the Yankees' rotation to the bullpen yesterday. Now there is a chance he could be headed to Seattle.

According to several industry sources there is a possibility the Yankees will send the slumping Chacon to the Mariners for right-hander Joel Pineiro. The sources explained teams know Chacon is available and the Mariners have a scout watching the Yankees at Jacobs Field."

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 10:46 AM

Thanks for the tip Nick.
I'll start something on this now.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 11:19 AM

Andy Philips has an OBP hovering around.280, how long can you keep running him out there? Something needs to be done now, not in 2007.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 02:45 PM

What should we do, Don? You know that baseball players don't fall out of trees, right?

It's easy to list problem -- the Yankees need another bullpen arm, they need another starter, they need another bat -- but it's harder to find a solution. No one simply wants to GIVE AWAY their players. And with the Yankees, everyone asks for the moon.

I'd love to extract the DNA of Giambi, Moose and Mo and clone them, but that won't happen.

If Cashman could snap his fingers and give up Pujols, B.J. Ryan and Santana, I'm sure he would.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 03:34 PM

It means Giambi playing 1st base. Because Philips is an anchor in the lineup right now. Seems rather obvious, as bad as Giambi can be at 1st base. Who is the DH? Bernie, if he must keep playing.

And thanks for your so wise concept that players don't fall out of trees. Wow, who woulda thunk it. Trite in other words.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 7, 2006 06:47 PM