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09/29/2008 1:24 PM ET
Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo named the Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for September
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Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians has been named the Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for September. This marks his first career monthly award.

In 24 games, Choo batted .400 (34-for-85) with five home runs and 24 RBI. The 26-year-old outfielder scored 21 runs and posted a .659 slugging percentage and a .464 on-base percentage. The South Korea native collected 11 extra-base hits, including five doubles and one triple. Choo compiled a nine-game hitting streak from September 17th-27th, batting .359 (14-for-39) during that stretch. He notched 12 multi-hit games, including five consecutive two-hit games from September 3rd-8th. Choo went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs against the Royals on September 12th. He added his third three-hit game of the month on September 19th vs. Detroit, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI. Choo finished the season hitting .309 with 14 home runs and 66 RBI in 94 games. His 98 hits on the season were the most ever by a Korean-born player.

Others nominees receiving votes were Texas Rangers infielder Hank Blalock (.348, 10 2B, 8 HR, 23 RBI); Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (.326, 4 2B, 8 HR, 23 RBI); Choo's Indians teammate, infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (.427, 6 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI); Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Mark Teixeira (.329, 9 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI); Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus (.388, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI); and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.375, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBI).

For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award, presents Shin-Soo Choo with a 52" AQUOS. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Choo also will receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement.
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