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09/28/2009 2:45 PM ET
Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds Named the National League Player of the Week Presented by Bank of America
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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who led the National League with a .560 (14-25) batting average, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending September 27th. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.

In six games last week, Votto led the Major Leagues with 10 doubles, 14 hits, 11 runs scored and 27 total bases. The 26-year-old also had an N.L.-leading 1.080 slugging percentage and a .593 on-base percentage while notching eight RBI. Joey mashed 10 doubles over a five-game span (from September 21st through September 26th), making him the first player to accomplish the feat in a single season since Hall of Famer Paul Waner did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1932. During a stretch on September 22nd-23rd, Joey reached base in eight straight plate appearances (five doubles, two singles and a walk). The Toronto, Ontario native had four multi-hit games during the week and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Currently batting .318 with 23 homers and 80 RBI on the season, Votto is vying to become the first Reds player to hit above .300 since Sean Casey and Ken Griffey, Jr. did so in 2005. This is Joey's first career weekly award.

Other noteworthy performances for the week include Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who led the Majors with 14 RBI, and Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada, who recorded a .522 (12-23) batting average. Also considered were Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, who posted a 2-0 record, and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal, who had 13 hits.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Joey Votto with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment as the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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