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Rivera, Dye Co-AL Player of the Week

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Seriously, MLB, you couldn’t let Mariano have this by himself? I think Jermaine Dye would have been cool with it.

This release from MLB:

Right fielder Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox and closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 28th.

In six games last week, Dye led the Majors with a .500 (12-24) batting average, 25 total bases and four doubles while also notching three home runs and six RBI. The 35-year-old posted a Major League-best 1.042 slugging percentage in addition to his .520 on-base percentage. Last week, the two-time A.L. All-Star right fielder compiled six consecutive multi-hit games and increased his home run total to a club-best 18. On Sunday, Dye hit a solo home run in the eighth inning en route to a 6-0 win over the rival Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. The home run marked his 155th with the Chicago White Sox, passing Bill Melton and giving Dye sole possession of seventh on the club’s all-time list. The 17th-round selection in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft is currently hitting .287 with 18 home runs and 45 RBI entering play today. This marks Jermaine’s sixth career weekly award.

In three appearances last week, Rivera collected three saves while posting a 0.00 ERA with six strikeouts. On Sunday, the 39-year-old recorded his 500th career save against the rival New York Mets at Citi Field. He became the second player in Major League history to accumulate 500 career saves and currently ranks second all time behind only Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman, who has 571. The nine-time A.L. All-Star closer has the most saves in A.L. history. Rivera also earned his first career RBI on a ninth inning walk shortly before completing his milestone on the mound. Rivera currently owns a 2.93 ERA and has compiled 18 saves in 19 opportunities this season. This marks Mariano’s second career weekly award (previous: 6/9/2008).

Other noteworthy performances for the week included Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, who hit a Major League-best four home runs, and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who posted an A.L.-leading .571 on-base percentage. Also considered was Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who led the Majors with 14 hits and eight runs scored.

Tourneau, the world’s largest watch store, will supply Jermaine Dye and Mariano Rivera each with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of their achievement as the A.L. Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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