(A loooong homerun to left.)
New Mariners addition, 1B/DH Lee Dae-ho, unloads his first career spring training homerun in the United States, off Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Matt Reynolds’ 85 MPH fastball in the 8th inning… delivering it over the left field fence for a solo shot. Lee Dae-ho had his first try playing first base in this game, replacing starting 1st baseman Adam Lind in the 6th inning and took the 5th spot in the batting order.. The D-Backs still won this one winning the game 10-8 by the way, the ending play was via Lee’s hit grounder double play in the 9th inning with runners at 1st and 2nd. The first homerun he hit this preseason was in his 3rd game appearance, and also his 4th trip at the plate this spring training…
The slugging first baseman from South Korea signed a one year contract (a minor league deal) with the Seattle Mariners last February 3, 2016. The money contract will be worth up to 4 million USD if he makes the Mariners Major league roster. Lee’s minor league contract also contains a late March opt-out clause.
Interview regarding about Lee’s first preseason homerun and game ending double play can be seen here below via YTN, 0:53-0:58 mark.
(Lee Dae-ho’s statement…)
“The fastball was pretty slow coming at me after it left the pitchers hand, but I still hit it very hard… I’m glad that I hit my first homerun here but, I still feel bad that I ended up hitting that game ending double play.”
It was revealed also that Lee Dae-ho lost a lot of weight after playing in Japan with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks at the end of the NPB season (APPROXIMATELY 50 POUNDS), so yeah… Lee is currently in the BSOHL.