04/19/2010 4:51 PM ET
Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week
Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo has been named Bank of America Presents the American League
Player of the Week for the period ending April 18th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the
presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's
long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
In six games last week, Shin-Soo hit .579 (11-19) and collected 11 RBI, both Major League bests, while also notching
three doubles, five runs scored, three home runs and tying the Major League lead with 23 total bases. Choo also led the
Majors with a 1.211 slugging percentage and a .680 on-base percentage. On April 15th, the 27-year-old knocked a three-run
homer in the eighth inning to give Cleveland the 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Two days later, on April 17th, Choo drove in
a go-ahead run on an eighth inning double to break a tie and give the Tribe the victory over the A.L. Central-rival Chicago
White Sox. On Sunday, in the final game of a three-game series against the White Sox, the left-handed slugger took a 1-0
pitch deep for his fourth home run of the season and his second career grand slam. The native of South Korea collected five
RBI in yesterday's contest, and with his third game-changing hit in four days, extended his personal hit streak to seven games
and brought the Indians win streak to four. This marks Shin-Soo's first career weekly award.
Other noteworthy performances included Baltimore Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton, who led the American League with four
home runs and notched 10 RBI, in addition to earning his 10th career multi-homer game on Tuesday. Also considered were
Kansas City Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik, who tied for a Major League best with 13 hits, and Tampa Bay Rays righthander
Matt Garza, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and a 0.56 ERA. Another notable performance was turned in by Kansas
City Royals designated hitter Jose Guillen, who collected 12 hits and tied for the Major League lead with 23 total bases.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Shin-Soo Choo, is awarded a watch courtesy of
Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.