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10/01/07 6:14 PM ET
Pena wraps season as Player of Week
Breakout first baseman's final push nets first such recognition
By Leslie Parker / MLB.com
Carlos Pena capped off his storybook season by being named the Bank of America presents the American League Player of the Week on the last week of the season. It's the first time in his seven-year career that Pena has won any weekly award, just one in the list of firsts Pena achieved on the year. The 29-year-old first baseman came to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, eventually won the starting job and proceeded to write himself into the Rays record books. In a season that has him in contention for the Comeback Player of the Year Award, Pena set club records in home runs (46) and RBIs (121). "It's awesome, no doubt about it," Pena said. "It's great. It's definitely an accomplishment. I'm very happy about getting to that point. It's one of those cool things." On the week, Pena hit .438 with four home runs and five RBIs over six games. He earned nine walks and scored five runs. He finished the season by going 4-for-8 with two home runs in the Rays' last series at Toronto. Pena finishes the season trailing only the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez among AL hitters in home runs, ranks second in the AL with a .627 slugging percentage and fourth in the AL in RBIs. Cleveland's Travis Hafner, New York's Johnny Damon and Rodriguez, Boston's David Ortiz, Detroit's Magglio Ordonez and Chicago's Jon Garland also received consideration for the honor. Pena will receive an engraved luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece in recognition of the achievement.
Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.