09/30/2003 1:04 PM ET
Toronto's Carlos Delgado named American League Pepsi Player of the Week
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado, who capped his outstanding year with a week that included a record-tying four-homer game and a grand slam on the season's final day, has been named the American League Pepsi Player of the Week for the period of September 22-28.
Delgado, whose Major League-best 145 RBI broke his own club record, paced the AL in slugging (1.182), home runs (six), RBI (11), and total bases (26) last week. In seven games, Delgado batted .318 (7-for-22) with a .400 on-base percentage, seven runs scored, and one double. On Thursday vs. Tampa Bay, the two-time AL All-Star became the 15th player in Major League history and the fifth American Leaguer to hit four home runs in a game, going deep in each of his at-bats. His first homer in the game marked the 300th of his career. This is Delgado's first weekly award of 2003 and the eighth of his career. He also won for the final week of the 2002 campaign.
Other candidates for the weekly award were Boston's David Ortiz (.400, 4 HR, 7 RBI); Detroit's Dmitri Young (AL-bests with .538 average and .647 OBP; 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Craig Monroe (.407, 3 HR, 9 RBI); Kansas City's Rondell White (.526, 1 HR, 6 RBI); Juan Rivera (.526, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the New York Yankees; and Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff (.419, 3 HR, 5 RBI) and Julio Lugo (.379, 4 HR, 6 RBI). Huff finished in the top 10 in 11 different AL categories, including average (.311), home runs (34), and (107 RBI).
Pitchers on the ballot were Anaheim's John Lackey (1-0, five-hit shutout); Esteban Loaiza (2-0, 2.70 ERA) of the Chicago White Sox; and Seattle's Jamie Moyer (2-0, 1.20 ERA). Loaiza (21-9) and Moyer (21-7) were two of the AL's four 20-game winners this year, along with Roy Halladay (22-7) of the Blue Jays and Andy Pettitte (21-8) of the Yankees.
Delgado will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the AL Pepsi Player of the Week.