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A late entry in the free agent mix
2006-01-13 10:03
by Bob Timmermann

Japanese champions Lotte could not reach an agreement with DH/outfielder/first baseman Seung Yeop Lee, who led his team with 30 home runs and Lee is now a free agent.
Lee had an OPS of 866 playing most of his games at windswept Chiba Marine Stadium, Japan's answer to Candlestick Park.
Lee hit 56 home runs in the 2003 Korean league season, which is an Asian record.

2006-01-13 10:29:01
1.   Daniel Zappala
The Dodgers were apparently close to signing him in 2003, but backed off. Maybe the Dodgers sign him and move Nomar to left? Naah. But who else might need a 1b?
2006-01-13 10:40:24
2.   Bob Timmermann
He's a big guy and in the one game I saw him play, he hit a monstrous homer in the Tokyo Dome that hit an ad sign and won him a million yen.

Lotte didn't settle with him because they didn't want him. They didn't settle because they are cheap. And winning the Japan Series didn't help them out all that much financially.

To consider where they play, picture a Southern California team playing in San Bernardino or a New York team playing in Passaic.

2006-01-13 10:53:35
3.   Purple Hippopotamus
The seats are so far away from the playing field at Chiba. My goodness!
2006-01-13 11:37:28
4.   Bob Timmermann
The stadium is so windy that they have a wind gauge built into the scoreboard.

But the only time I was there, it was completely still. But there was an earthquake instead.

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