A corner infielder you forgot played for the Marlins and the Braves

Each series throughout the year, we highlight a former player who donned a Braves jersey and suited up for their current opponent.
Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins
Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins / Brennan Asplen/GettyImages

Each series throughout the season, we will highlight a former player who donned a Braves jersey and also suited up for Atlanta's current opponent. The Braves and Marlins will play a rubber match of a three game set on Sunday. Let's take a look back on a player who once called Atlanta and Miami home at one point in their career. 

As always, there are always several options we could choose but we typically like to stay on the obscure side and bring back memories you forgot you had. There is a good chance shortstop Edgar Rentería is at the top of your list but what about first baseman Derrek Lee?

Lee with the Braves

Derrek Lee only appeared in 39 games for the Atlanta Braves. He was a rental piece for Atlanta back in 2010 for the second half of the season. Lee essentially served as a placeholder until some guy named Freddie Freeman took his spot at first base.

In these 39 games at 34 years of age, Lee was a .287 hitter and blasted 3 home runs to go along with 24 runs batted in.

Lee with the Marlins

Derrek Lee was with the Marlins from 1998-2003. Over this stretch, Lee did not make any all-star appearances or win any awards but was a solid player.

He posted a .264 batting average across those six seasons and hit 129 home runs. His last four seasons with the Marlins he hit 20+ dingers, including two years in which his season total exceeded 30.

Derrek Lee's career

It is easy for Braves fans to associate Derrek Lee with mediocracy due to the short stint he had in Atlanta at the tail end of his career. However, Lee's career statistics and accolades are quite impressive.

Derek Lee is a 2X all-star, 3X Gold Glove Award winner, Silver Slugger Award winner, captured a batting title and was a part of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series team. Lee won't go into the Hall of Fame but is most certanitly an under-appreciated player.

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