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