Alex Rodriguez has been named the American League Player of the Month for September. Robinson Cano won the award back in April. David Price was the Pitcher of the Month. Here’s the A-Rod part of the announcement.
Rodriguez led the A.L. in RBI (26) and slugging percentage (.667), and tied for second with nine home runs. He ranks among the league leaders for the season in home runs (8th, 30) and RBI (2nd, 125). The 35-year-old right-handed slugger reached base safely in 18-of-22 games played last month while leading the Yankees to their 15th postseason berth in the last 16 years.
On September 17th, Alex smashed his second home run of the game, a three-run shot in the ninth inning that carried the Yankees to a 4-3 win at Baltimore. Rodriguez collected his 100th RBI of the season on September 6th in a 4-3 loss to Baltimore. He continued his historic month by blasting his 30th home run of the season on September 29th in an 8-4 loss at Toronto. It is the 13th consecutive season that the 13-time A.L. All-Star has reached the 30-home run and 100-RBI plateaus and 14th season overall, which is the most in Major League history.
The three-time A.L. M.V.P. also passed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx for the most career 100-RBI seasons all-time. He trails only Hank Aaron (15) for the most 30-home run seasons ever. This is the 10th career monthly award for Rodriguez (previous: June 2007), which is the most of any active player. He is the second Yankees player to earn the honor this season (Robinson Cano, April), marking the first year a pair of Yankees teammates have won the award since 2007.