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Bobby Abreu of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim named Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for July08/04/2009 4:11 PM ET
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Bobby Abreu has been named the Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for July. This marks Bobby's second career monthly award honor and his first in the A.L.
In 26 games last month, Abreu batted .380 (38-100) with five doubles, four home runs and an A.L.-best 26 runs scored and 28 RBI. The 35-year-old also posted a .550 slugging percentage and an A.L.-best .467 on-base percentage. Abreu is the first Angel to reach those figures in average and RBI in one calendar month in 12 years, since Tim Salmon batted .390 with 32 RBI in 27 games in July 1997. The Venezuela native reached base successfully in 25 of his 26 games in July, including 13 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games. Bobby also amassed a nine-game hitting streak from July 4th-16th, a season-high streak that has since been matched by his current one entering play today. On July 2nd, Bobby hit two home runs and compiled four RBI in a 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. It marked Abreu's 14th career multi-homer game and his first as an Angel. Bobby is currently one homer shy of becoming one of only six players in MLB history with at least 250 HR, 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBI, 1,000 walks and 300 stolen bases. On his next home run, he will join Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson and Willie Mays along with Barry Bonds and Craig Biggio as the only players to reach all of those milestones. Abreu, who helped lead the Angels to a 19-7 record in July, is the first Angel to earn monthly honors since Vladimir Guerrero won in September 2004. Abreu previously won the monthly award in the National League in May 2005 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The runner-up was Texas Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who batted .375 (36-96) and collected six home runs and 18 RBI while posting a .635 slugging percentage. Also receiving votes were two of Abreu's teammates, first baseman Kendry Morales, who notched seven home runs and 20 RBI, and shortstop Erick Aybar, who led the A.L. with a .414 (36-87) batting average.
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For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award, presents Bobby Abreu with a 52" AQUOS®. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Abreu will also receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement.
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