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Francisco Cordero named winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April05/04/2007 1:09 PM ET
Francisco Cordero of the Milwaukee Brewers was selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April, it was announced today. This officially sanctioned Major League Baseball (MLB) award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Cordero was a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities in April, tying him with Jose Valverde of the Arizona Diamondbacks for most saves in the Major Leagues. The right-hander allowed no earned runs in 12 games, striking out 19 batters over 11.1 innings pitched while only surrendering two hits. Cordero's 19 strikeouts in the month placed him second overall in the National League among relievers behind his teammate Derrick Turnbow, who had 21. Cordero, a 2004 All-Star, helped the first place Brewers finish April with a 16-9 record, tied for the second-best opening month in franchise history.
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to the Beckum-Stapleton Little League in Milwaukee in Cordero's name. This donation will be made in conjunction with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. With this donation, the Beckum-Stapleton Little League will have the opportunity to purchase a pitching machine package from ATEC, the official supplier of pitching machines and other training equipment for MLB. In addition, Cordero will be recognized in a special advertisement in USA Today next week.
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 Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com; Rich "Goose" Gossage, the nine-time All-Star pitcher; Darryl Hamilton, former Major League outfielder and a member of the MLB On-Field Operations staff; 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 and deserves the third-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. Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees has won back-to-back "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Awards."
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