06/23/2003 9:34 PM ET
Koskie locks up AL honors
Third baseman named Co-Player of the Week
By Cary Snyder / Special to MLB.com
2003 Player of the Week winners
MINNEAPOLIS -- There were not many bright spots in the Twins' recent seven-game road trip in which they went 2-5 and saw their Central Division lead over Kansas City shrink to one game.
But the play of third baseman Corey Koskie over that stretch was one of the few highlights the Twins can build upon as they look to return to their winning ways in a six-game home stand that begins Tuesday night against the White Sox.
During the road trip, Koskie batted .429 (12-for-28) with four home runs and 11 RBIs, including two home runs and a career-high six RBIs in last Thursday's 16-2 rout of Kansas City.
For his efforts, Koskie has been named the American League Co-Player of the Week for June 16-22. He shares the award with Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells.
It is the first time Koskie has been honored with this award in his career, but he is the second Twin to receive the award this season. Jacque Jones collected the honor on May 12 for the second time in his career.
Despite receiving the accolade, it hardly satisfies Koskie's frustration with the Twins' current slide.
"I just don't get excited about stuff like that," Koskie said. "We lost five games and I have that week. It would have been nicer if we won and I had those numbers."
Koskie's week also included a slugging percentage of .893 and a .500 on-base percentage to go along with his league-high 10 runs.
During the past few seasons, Koskie has been juggled between the fourth, fifth and sixth spots in the batting order. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire began the season with Koskie in the cleanup role, but switched him to third, a spot in which his recent performance proves he can excel.
But his superb play extends further back than merely last week.
He has been hot the entire month of June.
While hitting .423 (30-for-71) for the month, Koskie's average has rocketed from .255 on May 31 to .302, which makes him a likely contender for the AL All-Star Team in his fifth full season with the Twins.
But don't expect the possibility of receiving his first All-Star selection to distract the Twins' team-oriented starter at the hot corner.
"It is nice to get recognized, but I'm not into that stuff," Koskie said.
It remains to be seen whether Koskie will add an invitation to the Midsummer Classic to his award list for the 2003 season, but it is a sure thing such attention will take a backseat to the Twins putting together a string of victories.
Cary Snyder is an intern for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.