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10/06/2009 2:49 PM ET
Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs named Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month for September
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Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs has been named the Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month for September. This marks Derrek's second career monthly award (previous: April/2005).

The first baseman led the Majors with a .386 (32-83) batting average, nine home runs, a .500 on-base percentage and a .795 slugging percentage. The 34-year-old veteran also clubbed seven doubles with 23 RBI and 25 runs scored. On September 5th, Lee went 3-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and scored 3 runs in a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets. The slugger had missed the previous two games to be with his family for the birth of his second child, Dylan, on September 3rd. Lee posted his second two-homer game on September 7th at Pittsburgh. After his hot month, the two-time All-Star finished the season with 35 home runs, 111 RBI and a .306 batting average, making him the 20th Cubs player to hit 30 or more home runs while driving in more than 100 RBI and batting .300 or better. Lee's career-best 111 RBI mark just the fourth time since 1957 that a Cub who has had fewer than 40 RBI through June (Lee had 39) has eclipsed the 100 RBI threshold.

Other players receiving votes were Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (.348, 7 HR, 16 RBI); St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (.375, 6 HR, 24 RBI); first baseman Joey Votto (.374, 4 HR, 16 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (.288, 6 HR, 27 RBI); Chris Coghlan (.382 0 HR, 6 RBI) of the Florida Marlins; and infielder Casey McGehee (.337, 5 HR, 26 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers.

MLB fans should visit sharpmlb.com throughout the season to access information, unique statistics, video clips and exclusive editorial content focused on the Sharp Presents American/National Player of the Month Award.

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

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