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Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians Named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week09/20/2010 4:37 PM ET
Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 19th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
Choo reached base safely in each of his six games played last week and has now reached safely in 11 of 12 games overall. The 28-year-old led the A.L. with 11 RBI, a .615 on-base percentage and a 1.150 slugging percentage, and tied for the league-lead with four home runs and seven runs scored. He also ranked among the A.L. leaders in total bases (2nd, 23), batting average (T-3rd, .500, 10-for-20), hits (T-3rd, 10), walks (T-3rd, five) and stolen bases (T-5th, two). Choo, the first Asian-born MLB player to record 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season, accomplished the feat for a second straight season when he blasted his 20th homer and swiped his 20th base in Cleveland's 6-4 loss at Kansas City on September 19th. The South Korea native led the Indians to an 11-4 win over the Royals on September 17th, going 4-for-5 with career-bests of three home runs and seven RBI, becoming the first Indians player to produce three home runs in a game since Travis Hafner on July 20, 2004. Choo, who was originally signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 2000, leads the A.L. with 12 outfield assists and ranks sixth in on-base percentage (.395) and tied for ninth in walks (75). This is the second career weekly award for Choo, who also earned the honor earlier this season for the week of April 12th-18th. He is the first Indians player to claim the award twice in the same season since Victor Martinez in 2004 (May 10th-16th and July 12th-18th).
Other noteworthy performances included Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 16 SO) and Kansas City Royals infielder Mike Aviles (.520, 4 HR, 7 RBI). Also considered were New York Yankees teammates CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 13 SO), who earned his 20th win of the season for the first time in his career, and second baseman Robinson Cano (.520, 2 HR, 7 RBI); and Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bobby Cramer (2-0, 2.45 ERA, 6 SO).
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Shin-Soo Choo, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, which is available at MLB.com.
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