David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox has been named American League Player of the Week for the week of September 7th-13th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Ortiz, who clubbed his 500th career home run on Saturday, led the Majors with a 1.111 slugging percentage last week, while pacing the AL with 20 total bases in five outings. "Big Papi" also ranked among league leaders in hitting (2nd, .444), on-base percentage (2nd, .545), and RBI (2nd, 9), and was tied for second among AL hitters with three home runs. The veteran slugger hit his 499th and 500th career homers in Saturday's 10-4 victory at Tampa Bay, becoming the 27th player in Major League history to reach the 500 home run plateau. Ortiz joined countryman Albert Pujols (April 22, 2014) as the only players in history to reach the mark with a multi-home run game. He became the fourth player to hit his 500th career blast in a Red Sox uniform, joining Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx (9/24/40) and Ted Williams (6/17/60), as well as former teammate Manny Ramirez (5/31/08). Ortiz is now one of four players with 500- or-more career home runs and three World Series championships under his belt, joining Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Reggie Jackson. Ortiz also homered in Wednesday's contest against Toronto at Fenway Park, collecting three RBI in the 10-4 victory over the Division leaders. Ortiz, who now has 34 homers on the season, has reached the 30-homer threshold for the ninth time in his career. With 95 RBI, he is just five shy of his ninth 100-RBI campaign. This is his sixth career Player of the Week honor and his first since the week of May 30-June 5, 2011.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Ortiz' Boston teammate Mookie Betts (.429, 6 R, 12 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .679 SLG, .467 OBP); Kansas City's Mike Moustakas (.292, 2 HR, 11 RBI, .542 SLG); Toronto's Ben Revere (.407, 7 R, 11 H, 4 RBI, 3 SB, .467 OBP); Colby Lewis (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 4 SO, 9.0 IP) of the Texas Rangers; and Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 0.60 ERA, 17 SO, 15.0 IP) of the New York Yankees.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, David Ortiz will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.