The Korea Herald


Two S. Korean sluggers hit first MLB homers

By 배현정

Published : April 9, 2016 - 16:28

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Two South Korean sluggers picked up their first major league home runs Friday (local time), writing a new page in the history of Koreans' advances into Major League Baseball (MLB).

Park Byung-ho of the Minnesota Twins delivered a 132-meter solo homer in the top of the 8th against the Kansas City Royals to break a 2-2 tie.

It was his third game in the MLB, appearing sixth as the designated hitter.

Lee Dae-ho of the Seattle Mariners also hit a solo home run in their home opener against the Oakland Athletics.

Batting eighth, he sent the ball over the wall in the fifth inning. It was also his third MLB game.

Park and Lee have jointly become the Korean players to record their first homers in the least number of games.

The previous record was held by Choi Hee-seop, who pulled off his first MLB homer in his fifth game with the Chicago Cubs.