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NorrisHopper30
04-30-2007, 05:50 PM
Cincinnati's Gonzalez, Philadelphia's Utley named co-winners of the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who slugged a National League-best 1.040, and Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who led the N.L. with 10 RBI, have been named Bank of America Presents the National League Co-Players of the Week for April 23-29, 2007. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the company's long-standing tradition of recognizing achievements that inspire us all to seize opportunities to perform at our very best.

Gonzalez led the N.L. with 13 hits, three home runs and 26 total bases. Over the six-game span, Alex hit .520 (13-25), scored nine runs and collected six RBI. Utley, a 2006 National League All-Star, tied for second in the N.L. with 12 hits. Over the seven-game stretch, the left-handed hitting slugger hit .444 (12-27), slugged .778, had 21 total bases and scored seven runs.

Other nominees this past week included Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur (.444, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Andruw Jones (.333, 7 H, 7 RBI), Chipper Jones (.345, 2 HR, 6 RBI), Edgar Renteria (.429, 12 H, 5 RBI) and Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00 ERA); Florida's Miguel Cabrera (.423, 2 HR, 18 TB); Orlando Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO) and John Maine (2-0, 0.61 ERA, 13 SO) of the Mets; Utley's Phillies teammates, Jimmy Rollins (.344, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Aaron Rowand (.407, 3 HR, 5 RBI); Derrek Lee (.522, 1 HR, 5 RBI) of the Cubs; Gonzalez's Reds teammate, Matt Belisle (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 5 SO); Jeff Suppan (1-0, 0.00 ERA) of the Brewers; Pittsburgh's Jason Bay (.333, 3 2B, 7 RBI) and Ian Snell (1-0, 0.00 ERA); Arizona's Stephen Drew (.450, 2 2B, 7 RBI) and Chad Tracy (.563, 2 2B, 9 H); Todd Helton (.550, 3 2B, 4 RBI), Matt Holliday (.429, 3 2B, 8 RBI) and Willy Taveras (.474, 9 H, 3 RBI) of the Rockies; Chin-hui Tsao (0-0, 0.00 ERA) of the Dodgers; San Diego's Jose Cruz (.421, 2 HR, 3 RBI), Adrian Gonzalez (.320, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 16 SO); and Barry Bonds (.417, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Armando Benitez (0.00 ERA, 3 SV) of the Giants.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, has supplied luxury Swiss Tourneau timepieces in recognition of the achievements of the players of the week, Alex Gonzalez and Chase Utley.

Link: http://www.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070430&content_id=1938680&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Congrats to Alex, I sure didn't expect him to go this crazy at the plate, hopefully he can keep it up.

harangatang
04-30-2007, 05:53 PM
Imagine if he keeps this up all year.

Degenerate39
04-30-2007, 05:53 PM
Congrats Gonzo you deserve it

Homer Bailey
04-30-2007, 05:54 PM
What an offensive bonus he has been so far! I am still one of the biggest fans of his signing! I know it probably won't last all year but I think he is better offensively than people give him credit for. Keep it up Gonzo!

guttle11
04-30-2007, 05:55 PM
Not taking anything away from Utley, but Gonzo was better. Should have been his award alone. It says so in the stats they provided.

Ltlabner
04-30-2007, 05:58 PM
This is a nice suprise. I know some here have poo-poo'd Gonzo, called him "marginal", etc. While I am smart enough to know this level of production is not likely to continue, it's a nice shot in the arm right now for the offense.

Especially coupled with the defense he brings to the table.

Ron Madden
04-30-2007, 06:02 PM
Way to go AGon. :thumbup:

Tony Cloninger
04-30-2007, 06:04 PM
This means more time in front of Adam....which will piss people off to no end.

maniem
04-30-2007, 06:05 PM
I hope he keeps it up, although it's highly unlikely he will. I'll happy if he can give us 15 hr and OPS in the .725 - .750 range this year. It seems like he's well on his way to doing that. It seems like Gonzo is a very streaky hitter, and I fear his slumps will be downright putrid, worse than the one Ross has been going through. Hopefully hitting in GABP will allow him to become a more consistent hitter this year.

Jharb74
04-30-2007, 06:35 PM
Wasn't this about the same time last year that Phillips won player of the week?

Sea Ray
04-30-2007, 06:57 PM
What an offensive bonus he has been so far! I am still one of the biggest fans of his signing! I know it probably won't last all year but I think he is better offensively than people give him credit for. Keep it up Gonzo!

He's not the weak Castro-like hitter portrayed here on RZ. I think he'll be more than adequate offensively

Superdude
04-30-2007, 06:58 PM
The only way I was going to come around on the gonzalez signing was if his power came back. Hopefully he keeps this up and is a legitimately decent bottom of the order threat.

Eric_Davis
04-30-2007, 07:05 PM
What were the odds that Alex Gonzolez would be the first RED to win the award this year, as it's always given to the player that has the best offensive numbers for the week.

Far East
04-30-2007, 07:25 PM
"Gonzalez led the N.L. with 13 hits"

Easily could have 14 hits; his Friday night grounder in the hole (maybe a step on the OF grass) that bounced out of Jack Wilson's glove was scored an error on the Pirate SS, but I thought it should have been ruled a hit.

Fullboat
04-30-2007, 09:19 PM
Do players of the week get some kind of trophy or is it just a name
recognition thing?

Redsland
04-30-2007, 11:20 PM
Do players of the week get some kind of trophy or is it just a name recognition thing?
From the press release in the OP:
"Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, has supplied luxury Swiss Tourneau timepieces in recognition of the achievements of the players of the week, Alex Gonzalez and Chase Utley."

Fullboat
05-01-2007, 12:54 AM
From the press release in the OP:
"Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, has supplied luxury Swiss Tourneau timepieces in recognition of the achievements of the players of the week, Alex Gonzalez and Chase Utley."

Nice... Thanks for the info Redsland.

AmarilloRed
05-01-2007, 01:23 AM
I remember when Brandon Philips was named player of the week. It was a major part of his offense last year. Lets see if Gonzalez is just hot, or he really is a good hitter.

George Anderson
05-01-2007, 01:27 AM
Lets see if Gonzalez is just hot, or he really is a good hitter.

His past history indicates he is just hot.

lollipopcurve
05-01-2007, 09:16 AM
His past history indicates he is just hot.

Gonzo is very, very streaky.

registerthis
05-01-2007, 12:33 PM
the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week

Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? :rolleyes:

Fullboat
05-01-2007, 01:01 PM
His past history indicates he is just hot.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.:D