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Francisco Rodriguez named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for June07/09/2008 12:20 PM ET
Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has been selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for June, 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.
Rodriguez collected 11 saves in his 12 appearances in June, posting a 1.59 ERA. He struck out 12 batters in 11.1 innings pitched, allowing just five hits and five walks. His month included a stretch in which Rodriguez recorded five saves in five straight Halos' games (June 2nd - 7th), all on a road trip against A.L. West rivals. On the season, the Venezuela native is 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA and a Major League-best 35 saves. Now a three-time All-Star, the right-hander has surrendered just 23 hits in 38.1 innings pitched, in which he has fanned 36 batters.
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to the Angels RBI League in Rodriguez'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 Angels RBI 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, Rodriguez will be recognized in a special advertisement today in USA Today.
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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