06/08/2007 1:40 PM ET
Ken Griffey Jr. named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for May
Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds was selected by the fans as the winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for May, it was announced today. Griffey is the winner of the officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball award, which recognizes the player who performed his best when the game was on the line. Pepsi has been the "Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball" since 1997.
The "MLB Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" winner is selected by the fans from a list of six nominees chosen by a special editorial panel from Major League Baseball Advanced Media. During the first week of each month, fans can visit a microsite hosted by MLB.com that has been created specifically for the Clutch Performer Platform, pepsiclutch.mlb.com, to vote for the player they believe was the best Clutch Performer during the previous month.
Ken Griffey Jr. blasted 10 home runs over the month of May, surpassing Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew for eighth place on the all-time career home run list. When his team needed him in the clutch, Griffey hit a game-winning 12th inning home run to propel the Reds to a victory over the Padres at San Diego on May 15th. The sweet swinging left-hander finished the month with a .306 (34-111) batting average, 22 RBI, and 16 runs scored.
At the conclusion of the season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi" award winner at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The "MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi" award will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason.
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