|© 2009 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.|
Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America05/04/2009 2:32 PM ET
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending May 3, marking his second weekly honor of the season. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.
In seven games last week, Longoria hit .379 (11-29) with an American League-best 14 RBI, compiling 21 total bases, four doubles, two home runs and nine runs scored. The 23-year-old posted a .724 slugging percentage along with a .438 on-base percentage. On May 1, in a rematch of the 2008 American League Championship Series, Evan hit a sixth inning grand slam to lead Tampa Bay to victory over the A.L. East rival Boston Red Sox. Teammate Carlos Peña followed his All-Star teammate's grand slam with a solo shot, marking the second time this year that they have hit back-to-back homers. The previous night, Longoria also posted four RBI and a solo shot en route to victory. On April 27, Evan reached the 100 career RBI milestone in his 135th career game, making him the third quickest active player behind Ryan Braun (118th game) and Albert Pujols (131st game). Entering play today, Longoria leads the Majors with 30 RBI and 12 doubles. This marks Evan's third career weekly award; he won for the opening week of the 2009 season (4/13) and he earned the nod once during his 2008 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award-winning season.
Other noteworthy performances for the week included Longoria's teammates Peña, whose three home runs extended his Major League-lead to 11, and Carl Crawford, who posted 11 stolen bases, lifting his Major League-lead to 17. Also considered was Kansas City Royals outfielder Jose Guillen, who posted three home runs and 10 RBI. Other nominees were Toronto Blue Jays catcher Rod Barajas, who posted an A.L.-best .500 batting average, and Royals shortstop Alberto Callaspo, who notched seven doubles.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Evan Longoria with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his achievement as the A.L. Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.