Lotte Giants slugger Lee Dae-ho (pictured) is on path to set an unprecedented record in the 28-year-old Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) as he’s the current leader in seven offensive categories. The 28-year-old, who is the first player to hit more than 40 home runs since 2003, has a .366 batting average, 41 homers with 121 RBIs. The Giants 1B also is atop for most hits (154), runs (89), on-base percentage (.439) and slugging percentage (.684) with 20 games left in the season. Lee played for the runner-up Korea at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Former Cleveland Indians Alex Ramirez set a record for Japanese baseball recording 100 RBI for the eighth consecutive season when he hit 2 HR in the Yomiuri Giants’ 10-4 win over the Chunichi Dragons on Thursday at the Tokyo Dome. The Giants’ star hit his 40th & 41st homer of the season surpassing the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in seven seasons from 1963-1969 with more than 100 runs batted in each season since 2003. The Venezuelan slugger has 104 RBI on the season and was the RBI leader in 2003, ’07 and ’08. He’s in his third season with Yomiuri after have been playing for seven years (2001-2007) with the other Tokyo based team Yakult Swallows.
Yakult Swallows right-hander Yoshinori Sato set a new record by a Japanese pitcher when he recorded a fastball at 100 mph in a game vs. the Yokohama BayStars on Thursday that the BayStars won 9-3. Four pitchers, including Sato and former Lotte Marines and MLB pitcher Hideki Irabu had been tied at 98 mph for the fastest pitch thrown by a Japanese player. Marc Kroon (Yomiuri) holds the Japanese record for the fastest pitch at 100.67 mph. Sato, a first round pick in 2008, recorded the mark on his fifth pitch against Terrmel Sledge leading off the fifth inning before striking the Yokohama slugger out.