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What a 2nd half he is having! This guy is red hot. I hope he continues like this....


Posted on Mon, Sep. 15, 2003





Lee's big season continues


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The pitch was right where Shane Reynolds wanted it, high and tight on

Derrek Lee. But it landed where the Atlanta Braves pitcher never

fathomed it would, or even could: over the wall in left field.


Lee's 30th home run Sunday made him the season's first member of the

30-20 club in homers and stolen bases. Only the New York Yankees'

Alfonso Soriano, who has 29 homers and 33 steals, appears capable of

having a 30-30 season.


''I forgot it was my 30th home run until I got in the dugout and somebody

said something about it,'' Lee said after an 8-4 loss to the Braves. ``That

home run is a nice number. It's a goal everybody shoots for.''


Lee, who also stole his 21st base, might be playing his final season with

the Marlins.


Eligible for arbitration, he is in position to receive a hefty raise over his

current $4.25 million salary.


The 28-year-old first baseman is especially vulnerable now that the

Marlins have Jeff Conine, who can play first, signed through 2005.


''That stuff is out of your hands,'' Lee said.


Lee complained last season when the Marlins traded Cliff Floyd and Ryan

Dempster, and now wishes he hadn't.


''I was a little frustrated,'' he said. ``I probably went about it the wrong

way, but that's part of the maturing process.''


Another part is taking place on the field, where Lee is enjoying a career



Since third baseman Mike Lowell suffered a broken hand Aug. 30, Lee has

hit .333 with five home runs.


He went 3 for 4 on Sunday



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