05/04/2006 11:28 AM ET
Jonathan Papelbon named winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April
Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox was selected as the winner of "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April, it was announced today. This officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
Papelbon was a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities, currently tying him with Brad Lidge of the Houston Astros for most saves in the Major Leagues and placing him in a tie with the Kansas City Royals Mike MacDougal (2003) for most saves by a rookie through April. During the month, the right-hander allowed no earned runs in 13 games, striking out 14 batters over 14.1 innings pitched while only allowing two walks.
In recognition of this honor, DHL will donate $1,500 to Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a MLB youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball, encourage academic participation and achievement and promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game of baseball, in Jonathan Papelbon's name. In addition, Papelbon will be recognized in a special advertisement appearing in the May 8 issue of USA Today.
The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" winner is selected by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel that includes newly elected Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter; Lou Piniella, former manager and player; Mike Bauman, national columnist for MLB.com; Jerome Holtzman, the official MLB Historian and a member of the writer's wing of the Hall of Fame; and Bob Watson, Vice President, On-Field Operations, Major League Baseball.
At the conclusion of the season, Major League Baseball fans will have the opportunity to determine which relief pitcher had the best overall season through the second-annual "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." A list of finalists will be selected based on statistical qualifiers and fans will be able to vote for the winner online at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason. Last season, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was named the inaugural recipient of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award."
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