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Jose Valverde named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for August09/08/2008 2:33 PM ET
Jose Valverde of the Houston Astros has been selected as the winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for August, 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. Valverde went 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in August, converting all 10 of his save opportunities and helping the Astros to a 21-9 record (.700) for the month. In his 14.0 innings of work, he surrendered only five hits and three walks while striking out 17 batters. The 29-year-old Dominican Republic native did not give up a hit in 10 of his 14 outings. The 6'4", 255 lb. right-hander fanned multiple batters in an inning five times in August, including striking out the side in consecutive wins over Cincinnati on August 27th and 28th. A 2007 National League All-Star while a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Valverde is 5-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 40 saves in 46 opportunities on the season. He has struck out 77 batters in 65.0 innings, in which he has allowed 56 hits and 20 walks. Valverde has now earned saves in each of his last 15 opportunities, dating back to July 25th. In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to the St. Monica Youth Sports Ministry in Houston in Valverde'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, St. Monica 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, Valverde will be recognized in a special advertisement this week 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; 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. About Major League Baseball Properties
The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Clubs' agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rightsholders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a fullservice video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information about Major League Baseball, log on to www.mlb.com. About DHL
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees, including more than 40,000 employees in the U.S., are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007. For more information on DHL, please visit www.dhl.com. About BTF
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball and softball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvement and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million, benefiting nearly 120,000 youth participating in more than 200 youth baseball and softball programs across the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. In 2007, DHL selected the Baseball Tomorrow Fund as its partner to support the growth of youth baseball and softball programs across the country through the DHL Delivery Man of the Month Award. DHL and BTF will also work together to enhance the BTF/MLB Equipment Day Initiative, an annual program conducted at MLB stadiums that encourages and facilitates the collection and distribution of new and used baseball and softball equipment to organizations in need. For more information visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.
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