Cleveland Indians designated-hitter Travis Hafner, who collected a combined nine RBI on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 25th. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
Hafner batted .385 (10-26) in seven games last week while leading the Majors with six home runs, 16 RBI, a 1.192 slugging percentage and 31 total bases. Hafner also posted a .529 OBP with nine runs scored and a league-best eight walks. On Monday, in the opening game of Cleveland's three game series against divisional rival Chicago, Hafner went 3-3 with a home run and three RBI. His offensive tear would continue throughout the series in Chicago concluding on Wednesday with his third multi-home run game of the season. After homering in every game against the White Sox, Hafner went deep again the next night at Kansas City providing a three run blast to help the Indians beat the Royals 11-6. On Friday Hafner homered in his sixth straight game, going deep seven times overall in that span. This is the second career A.L. Player of the Week Award for Hafner, and the fourth time this season an Indian has won the weekly prize (Hafner, 7/11; Martinez, 8/29; Crisp, 9/12).
Other candidates considered were Boston's Manny Ramirez (.296, 5 HR, 10 RBI); Gary Sheffield (.286, 3 HR, 12 RBI) of the New York Yankees; and Joe Crede (.385, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Chicago White Sox. Pitchers considered for the award were Seattle's Felix Hernandez (1-0, 0.00, 7.1 IP) and New York's Shawn Chacon (1-0, 0.00, 8.0 IP).