CHICAGO CUBS DEREK LEE SIGNED AUTO GAME BASEBALL BAT NR

Featured Athlete: DEREK LEE

Collection: RAWLINGS BIG STICK PROFESSIONAL MODEL

Hand Autographed: IN PERMANENT BLUE INK!

DEREK LEE

After he graduated from El Camino (CA) High School in 1993, Lee was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres, and made his major league debut on April 28, 1997. Traded to the Florida Marlins a year later, Lee was a member of the 2003 World Series Marlins championship team.

Lee was traded to the Cubs for Hee Seop Choi. He hit .278 with 32 home runs and 98 RBI in his first year with the Cubs. In 2005, Lee had a career first half of the season, with an MLB-leading .376 batting average, 72 RBI, and a tie for the major league lead in home runs, 27.

The Cubs had traded superstar Sammy Sosa, who had previously been one of their best hitters. Lee showed early on that he could more than compensate for the loss, and while Sosa had a disappointing 2005 season with the Baltimore Orioles, Lee had a career year. By midseason, he was among MLB's leaders in each of the triple crown categories: batting average, home runs, and RBI. Late in the season, Lee still managed to produce despite the loss of Cubs slugger Aramis Ramirez. His .335 batting average was the highest by a Cub since Bill Madlock'
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