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B.J. Ryan named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for May06/10/2008 2:12 PM ET
B.J. Ryan of the Toronto Blue Jays has been 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 (MLB) award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Ryan converted all 10 of his save opportunities in May, going 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 games. In 12.0 innings pitched, the two-time American League All-Star struck out 14 and allowed just seven hits and six walks. Ryan, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, did not allow a run in his first 13 appearances this season, spanning 13.2 innings pitched. It was the longest such streak to begin a season during the left-hander's 10-year Major League career. On the season, the 32-year-old Louisiana native is 1-2 with a 2.66 ERA, 13 saves and 22 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched.
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to Toronto Community Housing's Rookie League Program in Ryan'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. In addition, Ryan will be recognized in a special advertisement in USA Today this week.
MLB fans should visit www.mlb.com/dhl throughout the season to access information, unique statistics, video clips and exclusive editorial content focused on the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month/Year Award."
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; 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 fourth-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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