Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee


9/6/1975, Sacramento, California, USA

Birth Name

Derrek Leon Lee


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Derrek Leon Lee was born in Sacramento California on September 6, 1975. He is the son of Leon Lee who played baseball in Japan for 10 years and the nephew of Leron Lee who played 8 seaons in the Majors. After graduating from El Camino High School in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Derrek Lee was one of many players around MLB to wear Jackie Robinson's retired number 42 on the 60th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.

    • After discovering that his daughter had Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, more commonly known as LCA, Derrek started Project 3000 to help find a cure for the disease.

    • Derrek had his first 20/20 season in 2003, hitting 31 homers and stealing 21 bases.

    • Derrek holds the Florida Marlins' franchise record for most consecutive games played with 315.

    • Derrek Lee hit his first big league homerun off San Fransisco's Cory Bailey on September 28, 1997.

    • On April 28, 1997 Derrek Lee made is Major League debut and got his first big league hit off Florida pitcher Robb Nen.

    • In 1996 playing for the Memphis Chicks(AA affiliate of the San Diego Padres) Derrek hit 34 homeruns had 104 RBIs and won the Southern League's MVP.

    • Derrek Lee holds the Cubs' franchise record for most homeruns by a firstbaseman in a season with 46.

    • Derrek Lee's best season came in 2005 when hit 46 homeruns,had 107 RBIs, and batted .335.

    • In 2005 Derrek ranked number one in the National League in terms of hits(199), doubles(50), total bases(393), and slugging percentage(.662).

    • In 2005, Derrek was the leading vote getter in All-Star balloting for the National League.

    • Derrek was part of the Florida Marlins team that won the World Series in 2003.

    • Derrek Lee was named NL Player of the Week twice in 2005. For the weeks ending on May 1st and May 29th.

    • Derrek Lee was named NL Player of the Month for the month of April in 2005.

    • Derrek became the first Cubs' first baseman to be elected to an All-Star game since Mark Grace in 1997 and the first Cubs' first baseman to start an All-Star game since Ernie Banks in 1965.

    • Derrek Lee won the 2005 NL Batting Title, given to the best hitter in the NL.

    • Derrek Lee won the 2005 NL Silver Slugger award(given to the best hitter at each position) for first base.

    • Derrek Lee has won 2 Gold Gloves one with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and one with the Chicago Cubs in 2005.

    • Derrek Lee's father Leon Lee is a scout for the Chicago Cubs.

  • Quotes

  • A great firstbasemen who is quickly becoming one of baseball's greats.

    Derrek Lee is the talented and young firstbaseman for the Chicago Cubs and is quickly becoming one the leauge's greats. Derrek began his carrer with San Diego Padres but really became well known when he was traded to the Florida Marlins. There he became known for his power, speed and great field work which he earned him his first Gold Glove.

    In 2003 he was vital in the Marlins run to the World Series. In the fall of 2004 he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. And in the 2005 season, Derrek became a superstar. He hit 47 homeruns had 107 RBIs and batted .335 He won his second Gold Glove has well as the NL Batting Title and the the Silver Slugger for firstbase. It is widely considered that if the Chicago Cubs had had a winning record Derrek would have won the MVP that year. Unfortunetly in 2006 Derrek was stroke by the injury bug. He broke his wrist ealry on in the season and missed most of the year with two stints on the DL. However Derrek is expected ot bounce back in 2007 and regain his status as one of the top players in the game.moreless