08/11/2003 9:28 PM ET
Nomar is AL Player of the Week
Garciaparra wins the honor for the sixth time
BOSTON -- For the second time in less than a month, a star hitter from the Red Sox has been named the American League Pepsi Player of the Week.
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
This time, it is shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who captured that honor Monday after erupting for one of his most prolific weeks of the season.
Manny Ramirez received the award on July 28.
In the period of Aug. 4-10, Garciaparra hit for average (.438) and production (four homers, eight RBIs, .875 slugging percentage). He also added in six runs, two doubles and a .441 on-base percentage.
"He had a [heck] of a week," said Sox manager Grady Little. "It was well deserved."
Heading into Monday's game at Oakland, Garciaparra led the Sox in RBIs (82), runs (92), hits (157) and triples (12). Throw in his .324 average, 22 homers and .575 slugging percentage, and his name will surely come up in MVP discussions the next couple of months.
Garciaparra is having perhaps his best season since 2000, when he won the second of his two batting tittles.
It's not as if Garciaparra didn't have a big year in 2002, when he hit .310 with 120 RBIs and stroked 24 homers and 56 doubles. But his production has been more consistent and clutch this season, as his right wrist seems fully recovered from the surgery of April, 2001.
"The biggest difference is I see a healthy player as opposed to one who wasn't all the way healthy last year," Little said. "When he's healthy, he's pretty good."
And Little notes that Garciaparra's heroics are hardly limited to what he does at the plate.
"The last couple of months, he's been playing good defense, as good as I've ever seen him play," Little said.
This is the sixth time Garciaparra has captured the AL Player of the Week honor, and, in all likelihood, not the last.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or