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Chone Figgins named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for June07/13/2007 3:20 PM ET
Chone Figgins of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was selected by the fans as the winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for June, it was announced today. Chone is the winner of the officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball award which recognizes the player who performed his best when the game was on the line. Pepsi has been the "Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball" since 1997.
The "MLB Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" winner is selected by the fans from a list of six nominees chosen by a special editorial panel from Major League Baseball Advanced Media. During the first week of each month, fans can visit a microsite hosted by MLB.com that has been created specifically for the Clutch Performer Platform, pepsiclutch.mlb.com, to vote for the player they believe was the best Clutch Performer during the previous month.
Figgins collected a Major League best 53 hits during the month of June, the most hits by a player in Angels' history during a calendar month. The 5'8, utility-man also led the Majors with a .461 batting average and 14 stolen bases to help the Angels sustain its hold on first place in the A.L. Western Division. When his team needed him in the clutch, Chone amazingly went 6-for-6 with a go-ahead RBI in the second inning, a game-tying RBI in the seventh, and a walk-off RBI triple in the ninth, to defeat the Houston Astros, 10-9, on June 18th. The 29-year old had at least one hit in 25 of his 26 games played and became one of only four players to have 50-or-more hits in any month over the last five seasons.
At the conclusion of the season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi" award winner at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The "MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi" award will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason.
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