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‘Lion King’ Lee joins 500 club

Lee Seung-yeop
Lee Seung-yeop
Samsung’s “Lion King” Lee Seung-yeop hit his 500th homerun against the Nexen Heroes in Seoul on Sunday.

The veteran southpaw slugger hit the landmark homerun against Nexen Heroes southpaw Andy Van Hekken in the top of the fourth, a considerably difficult feat.

The first baseman blasted his 17th home run of the season as well as 500th of his pro career including his stint in the Japanese league.

The milestone comes just two months after another for Lee, after hitting his 2,000th hit of his entire professional career between Korean and Japanese leagues.

Although the record will not be recognized by the Korea Baseball Organization because of the homers hit in the Japanese league, the number is expected to remain unchallenged for some time.

U.S. Major League Baseball has seen only 25 batters join the 500-homer club in its 136-year history and Japan has only seen eight batters in its league history do so.

By Robert Lee (