07/17/2003 10:27 PM ET
Anderson named AL Player of Week
Honor begins a week of accolades for Angel
It's quite possible that we've heard the last "underrated" utterance in reference to Garret Anderson.
By Brian Wilson / MLB.com
The winner of the American League Pepsi Player of the Week for the period of July 7-13, Anderson
received the honor -- his second of the season -- on Monday, the first of two eventful days for the
unassuming Angels left fielder.
The chronically overshadowed Anderson had a proverbial coming-out party this All-Star week in
Chicago. The surprise winner of Monday's Century 21 Home Run Derby completed the awards
trifecta by garnering All-Star MVP honors Tuesday night, going 3-for-4 with a homer and two
RBIs for the victorious American League. Anderson became the first Derby-MVP double winner
since the Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. in 1991.
"All of Southern California has known about Garret for a long time," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said Tuesday night in Chicago, "and the baseball community definitely has known about
him for a long time."
It ended a whirlwind 10-day period for Anderson, who batted .435 (10-for-23) with three home runs
and six RBIs in six games last week. The first two-time winner of the award in either league this
season, he had 19 total bases, slugged .826, and had an OBP of .458.
It is also the fourth time a member of the defending World Series champion Angels has won the
award in 2003. First baseman Scott Spiezio received accolades for the week of May 12-18, while
third baseman Troy Glaus was honored for the period of May 19-25.
Anderson entered the All-Star break batting .316 with team highs in home runs (22) and RBIs (78).
Brian Wilson is an editorial producer for
MLB.com. John Schlegel, a reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this story. This story was not
subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.