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Braves Infielder Omar Infante Named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week08/23/2010 3:48 PM ET
Atlanta Braves infielder Omar Infante has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period of August 16-22, 2010. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
In seven games last week, Infante hit .433 (13-30), good for third in National League, while leading the Majors with nine runs scored and 27 total bases. The 28-year-old veteran's .900 slugging percentage was tops in the N.L. while his three home runs were tied for the league lead. Infante was also among N.L. leaders with a .485 on-base percentage and recorded two triples and a stolen base. The versatile Venezuelan collected hits in every game this week, including four multi-hit performances, and has now hit safely in 11 consecutive games.
Infante, a first-time All-Star this year, tied a career-best with four hits and four RBI on Sunday, August 22nd, while clubbing two homers in 16-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was Omar's first-career multi-home run performance and, Omar and teammate Jason Heyward became the first Braves to collect four hits, four runs and four RBI in a single game since Willie Harris accomplished the feat in 2007 (Harris went 6-for-6 w/ 6 RBI, 4 R on 7/21/07 vs. STL). Infante (.349, 6 HR, 35 RBI), now the club's primary second baseman and leadoff hitter since August 2nd, is batting .368 (32-for-87) with four homers, eight RBI and 16 runs scored in 20 games since assuming the role. This is his first career weekly award.
Other nominees this past week included Infante's teammates, rookies Mike Minor (2-0, 3.75 ERA, 17 SO) and Heyward (.346, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.389, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R) and Casey McGehee (.368, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .737 SLG); Cincinnati's Jay Bruce (.364, 2 HR, .727 SLG, 6 R), Brandon Phillips (.429, 12 H, .484 OBP) and Bronson Arroyo (2-0, 2.51, 14.1 IP, 11 SO); Washington's Ian Desmond (.455, 10 H, .520 OBP); San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez (.310, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R) and Jon Garland (2-0, 1.46, 12.1 IP, 7 SO); Aramis Ramirez (.393, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R) of the Cubs; Jose Reyes (.484, 15 H, 6 R, 5 SB, .515 OBP) and Johan Santana (0-2, 3.38, 2 CG, 16.0 IP, 16 SO) of the Mets; Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (.308, HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 5 R) and Roy Oswalt (2-0, 1.93, 14.0 IP, 15 SO); rookie hurler Jaime Garcia (1-1, 0.00, 15.0 IP, 12 SO) of the Cardinals; and Ted Lilly (1-0, 0.00, CG, SHO, 11 SO) of the Dodgers.
The Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week, Omar Infante, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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