23. Derek Lee
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 28, 1966 in Chicago, IL USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 27, 1993
  • Final Game: July 22, 1993
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Derrek Lee was a First Round Pick by the Padres in 1993, and he made it to their main roster four years later, playing 22 Games in 1997.  The Padres had the chance to trade for pitching ace, Kevin Brown, and they gave up Lee to get him.

Lee would become Florida's starting First Baseman the year he arrived, but he struggled for two years before he broke out with a 28 HR/.281 BA year, and this would be the type of numbers that he provided the Marlins over the next three seasons.  From 2001 to 2003, Lee had at least 20 Home Runs with a .270 Batting Average, which were respectable metrics.  Defensively, he was also good, winning the Gold Glove in 2003.  

Lee was a large part of Florida’s World Series win in 2003, and the Marlins did what they always did, jettison off their best players.  He was traded to the Cubs, and with the Marlins, he blasted 129 Home Runs with a .822 OPS.

While his overall offensive numbers indicate that he should be a few spots higher, for a First Baseman, they were not up to the standard that they need to be to have an elite rank on this list.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the San Diego Padres with Steve Hoff and Rafael Medina for Kevin Brown 12/15/97.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Chicago Cubs for Mike Nannini and Hee-Seop Choi 11/25/03.

  • Games Played: 844
  • Notable Statistics:

    422 Runs Scored
    746 Hits
    159 Doubles
    18 Triples   
    129 Home Runs
    417 RBI
    51 Stolen Bases
    .264/.353/.469 Slash Line
    9.9 bWAR                       

    17 Playoff Games
    6 Runs Scored
    15 Hits
    3 Doubles
    0 Triples                        
    1 Home Run
    8 RBI
    2 Stolen Bases
    .208/.269/.292 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (2003)
    Gold Glove (2003)
    Most Assists by a First Baseman (2002)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (2001 & 2002)

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