Infobox KBO player
birthdate=birth date and age|1980|7|10
Hyundai Unicorns/ Woori Heroes(2003–2007) / (2008–present)Infobox Korean name
Lee Taek-Keun (
Hangul: 이택근, Hanja: 李宅根) (born July 10, 1980in Busan, South Korea) is an outfielder who plays for the Woori Heroesin Korean professional baseball league.
Attending Kyungnam Commerce High School in
Busan, South Korea, Lee was a catcher. In 1998, he was selected for the South Korea national junior team that finished in the 3rd place at the 1998 Asian Junior Baseball Championship in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
After graduation from high school, he got into
Korea Universityinstead of turning pro directly in 1999.
In his freshman year at
Korea University, he made his first appearance for the South Korea national baseball team, and competed in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup (this team was made up of only college players). In 2002, he competed in the 1st World University Baseball Championship in Messina, Italy.
Notable international careers
Signed by the
Hyundai Unicornsin 2003, Lee started his pro career as a catcher, but failed to make an impact with the team as a catcher in the Unicorns because of his defensive deficiencies even though he became one of the most reliable and consistent hitters in the team. So, the team convinced Lee to convert to the outfield in spring training 2006. As the 2006 season started, the team finally moved Lee to the outfield permernantly.
In the 2006 season, he finished second in batting average (.322), tenth in RBI (66) and sixth in hits (135), and was selected to the All-Star team. After the season, he was selected for the South Korea national team and competed in the
2006 Asian Gamesheld in Doha, Qatar.
In 2007, he finished ninth in batting average (.313) and sixth in hits (137), and participated in the
Asian Baseball Championshipand led his team to the silver medal.
Notable international careers
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