posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 05:49 PM
New York - New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield was named the American League's Player of the Week for the period of May 31-June 6.
Sheffield led the league in batting average (.563), slugging percentage (1.250) and on-base percentage (.667). The seven-time All-Star also belted
three home runs and drove in seven runs. This past Friday, he notched his first multi-homer game as a member of the Yankees and the 28th of his
career, as New York edged Texas 7-6. Sheffield joins teammates Ruben Sierra and Hideki Matsui as winners of the weekly award this year.
Other candidates for AL Player of the Week were Detroit's Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez, Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero, Cleveland's Casey Blake and
Kansas City's Ken Harvey.
Arizona outfielder Luis Gonzalez was named the National League Player of the Week for May 31 - June 6. Gonzalez, who led the NL with a .577 batting
average and .633 on-base percentage, posted 15 hits, 22 total bases, five runs scored and six batted in.
Other players nominated included Cincinnati's Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey, Jr.; Atlanta's J.D. Drew and Johnny Estrada; Montreal's Nick Johnson; St.
Louis' Albert Pujols; New York's Todd Zeile; Colorado's Jason Jennings and Chicago's Greg Maddux.