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Jason Isringhausen named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for May06/06/2006 10:13 AM ET
Jason Isringhausen of the St. Louis Cardinals was selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for May, it was announced today. This officially sanctioned Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Isringhausen was a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities in May allowing only one earned run in 11 games. During the month, the Cardinals closer struck out 14 batters over 11.2 innings pitched while only giving up seven hits. The two-time All-Star is second on the Cardinals all-time saves list with 158 trailing only Lee Smith's 160 saves. The right-hander's 225 saves from 2000-present is second most among all relievers trailing only 2005 "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" winner Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees). Isringhausen is currently tied for second in the Major Leagues with 18 saves.
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a MLB youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball, encourage academic participation and achievement and promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game of baseball, in Jason Isringhausen's name. In addition, Isringhausen will be recognized in a special advertisement appearing in the June 7 issue of USA Today.
The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" winner is selected by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel that includes newly elected Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter; Lou Piniella, former manager and player; Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com; Jerome Holtzman, the official MLB Historian and a member of the writer's wing of the Hall of Fame; and Bob Watson, Vice President, On-Field Operations, Major League Baseball.
At the conclusion of the season, Major League Baseball fans will have the opportunity to determine which relief pitcher had the best overall season through the second-annual "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." A list of finalists will be selected based on statistical qualifiers and fans will be able to vote for the winner online at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason. Last season, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was named the inaugural recipient of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award."
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