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Francisco Rodriguez named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for August09/13/2006 11:44 AM ET
Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for August, it was announced today. This officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Rodriguez was a perfect 12-for-12 for save opportunities in August, and currently owns a 0.25 ERA over his last 36 outings. The right-hander closed out the month with his 37th save of the season and tied the Club's record for total saves in a month. Tied for first in saves in the American League, Rodriguez has 77 strikeouts over 60.1 innings pitched.
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 Francisco Rodriguez's name. In addition, Rodriguez will be recognized in a special advertisement appearing in an upcoming 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 inducted 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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