2003 Player of the Week winners
ANAHEIM -- Garret Anderson is known for his quiet consistency, but sometimes he speaks very loudly with his bat.
Anderson did exactly that this past week, which led to his selection as American League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, June 8.
Anderson joins first baseman Scott Spiezio (the week ending May 18) and third baseman Troy Glaus (the week ending May 25) as members of the Anaheim team who have earned the honor this season.
Anderson batted .448 with Major League-best totals of six home runs and 15 RBIs. He led all Major League batters in slugging (1.103) and total bases (32) for the week, going 13-for-29 with a .467 on-base percentage and eight runs scored in six games.
Another leading candidate for the award was Anderson's teammate, Jeff DaVanon (.346, four homers, seven RBIs, MLB-best 10 runs scored), who became only the fourth player ever and the first since 1969 to have three straight multi-homer games. DaVanon also became the third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in consecutive games.
Other contenders were Frank Thomas of the White Sox (three homers, seven RBIs, AL highs with a .520 batting average and .586 OBP), Hideki Matsui of the Yankees (.476, two homers, four RBIs), Trot Nixon (.391, four homers, eight RBIs) and Manny Ramirez (.391, four homers, nine RBIs) of the Red Sox
"He's one of the most professional hitters in the game, period. He's fun to watch every day."
-- Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy
Pitchers named on the ballot were Seattle's Jamie Moyer and Freddy Garcia, Baltimore's Sidney Ponson and Boston's Derek Lowe. Moyer became the first 10-game winner in the Majors on Sunday with a 7-0 victory over the New York Mets.
Anderson caught fire when the Angels traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, last Tuesday to kick off Interleague Play with three games against the Montreal Expos in their temporary home of Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Taking advantage of the hot, humid air and tiny ballpark dimensions, Anderson went 4-for-4 with one home run and four RBIs in the first game, a career-high three homers plus five RBIs in the second game and one more RBI in the third for a total of 10 RBIs in the three games.
But he didn't stop there.
After a slow night against the Florida Marlins in Miami on Friday, Anderson stepped his game back up Saturday, blasting a three-run homer off Tommy Phelps that led the Angels to a 9-2 win. He then went 2-for-4 with his 20th double of the season and another key RBI in Anaheim's 8-5 comeback victory on Sunday.
Anderson isn't much for celebrating his own accomplishments, but his manager and teammates have no problems doing it.
When asked facetiously if he thought he was having a good week, Anderson smiled and said, "I guess so. You can check the stats."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was a bit more emphatic and replied, "He's having a pretty good career."
When asked if anything Anderson does at the plate surprises him anymore, Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said, "No. Not at all. He's one of the most professional hitters in the game, period. He's fun to watch every day."
Anderson now has a .315 season batting average, a team-leading 78 hits, 20 doubles, 57 RBIs and 143 total bases, plus 13 home runs, which ranks second on the Angels behind Glaus, who has 14.
Anderson will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as American League Pepsi Player of the Week.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.