All Star game goes to EastLotte Giants infielder Lee Dae-ho led the come-from-behind victory of the East team and was selected as the most valuable player in the All Star game last Saturday.
As a starting player, Lee hit a 125-meter (820 feet) home run to left field at the bottom of the eighth inning off Hanhwa Eagles pitcher Ji Yeon-kyu as the East team trailed the West team 4-5.
The East pulled ahead to a 6-5 victory. The East team consisted of players from Samsung Lions, Doosan Bears, SK Wyverns and Lotte, while the West featured Kia Tigers, Hyundai Unicorns, LG Twins and the Eagles.
Lee won 42 votes from the press, three votes more than catcher Hong Seong-heun of Doosan. Lee received 10 million won ($9,680).
“I did not do well in the home run race yesterday and wanted to do better today,” Lee said. “I came to the batter’s box and tried to save face and fortunately hit a home run.”
In the home run race final, Kim Tae-kyun of Hanhwa sent five homers ahead of SK’s Park Jae-hong, who hit two. More than 21,000 spectators watched the game.
In the “Old Star” game on Friday, Samsung manager and former pitcher Sun Dong-yuhl threw at 140 kilometers per hour (87 m.p.h.) striking out three hitters. Sun was also chosen as the most valuable player.
by Sung Baik-you