Hard Lumber: Players of the Month

Ladies and gentlemen: your Players of the Month.

American League

Alex Rodriguez had an untimely hammy injury Monday nightOne of the driving forces behind the New York Yankees quest to stay out of the cellar is none other than Alex Rodriguez. He batted .406 with nine homers, 34 RBIs and 28 runs in 27 games last month, earning himself the Player of the Month honor for the ninth time in his career and second already this this season, including April's.

The two-time AL MVP also walked 18 times and posted a .500 OBP for the month of June, leading the majors with 80 RBIs and 28 homers so far this season before straining his left hamstring yesterday.

National League

is he still over-paid?Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was named Player of the Month for the National League after being appointed to the All-Star reserve roster the day before.

The 31-year-old hit .336 with 11 longballs, 18 RBIs and 24 runs last month. Most memorably, the slugger crushed three home runs in his first three at-bats against the Atlanta Braves on June 8th and homered in three consecutive games twice during the month.

Soriano, who now has earned three monthly honors, had 12 multi-hit games last month including the third five-hit game of his career.

Both players will receive a super special trophy to commemorate their Player of the Month performances.

Mags' bat is on fire.More AL vote-getters
Chone Figgins
Ichiro Suzuki
Victor Martinez
Orlando Cabrera
Marlon Byrd
Magglio Ordonez
Carlos Guillen

Da Meat Hook rolled through June.More NL vote-getters
Ryan Howard
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Dmitri Young
Ryan Braun
Corey Hart
Matt Holliday
Garrett Atkins

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Anonymous said...

MVP Magglio is the man.

Megs said...

A rod busting out his jedi moves in that pic!