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Billy Wagner named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month" for July08/07/2007 10:49 AM ET
Billy Wagner of the New York Mets was selected as the winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for July, 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.
Wagner was 8-for-8 in save opportunities in July allowing no earned runs in nine games. The lefthander struck out seven batters over 9.0 innings pitched while only surrendering two hits. Wagner has not allowed a run since June 15th, a span of 20.0 innings. He currently ranks seventh all-time in saves with 349 and recently moved past Randy Myers for second all-time among lefthanders. For the season, Wagner is 1-0 with 25 saves, 58 strikeouts and a 1.30 ERA in 46 games. This is the first DHL Delivery Man of the Month award for the five-time All-Star.
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to the Inner City Sports Little League in Brooklyn, NY, in Wagner'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 Inner City Sports 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, Wagner will be recognized in a special advertisement in USA Today this 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.
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