05/03/2003 3:18 PM ET
Choi named NL Rookie of the Month
First baseman Hee Seop Choi of the Chicago Cubs, who hit five home runs and recorded 14 RBIs, has been voted National League Pepsi Rookie of the Month for April.
Although Zach Day of the Montreal Expos was originally named April's NL Pepsi Rookie of the Month, it was determined upon additional review that Day had 52 days of Major League service prior to Sept. 1, 2002 and therefore does not qualify as a rookie.
Choi, who was the first Korean-born position player in the Major Leagues, also scored 16 runs, recorded a .436 on-base percentage, hit three doubles, recorded 32 total bases and a .552 slugging percentage during April. He hit .241 in the 20 games played.
Other rookies receiving votes included: Brad Lidge of the Astros (2-0, 1.02 ERA, 18 SO); Kurt Ainsworth of the Giants (3-1, 4.91 ERA, 20 SO); Jung Bong of the Braves (2-0, 1.42 ERA); Xavier Nady of the Padres (.250, 3 HR, 7 RBIs); Lyle Overbay of the Diamondbacks (.293, 2 HR, 6 RBIs); Javier Lopez of the Rockies (1-0, 1.86 ERA); Scott Podsednik of the Brewers (.298, 1 HR, 4 RBIs); Oscar Villarreal of the Diamondbacks (1-1, 3.10 ERA, 19 SO); and Ty Wigginton of the Mets (.267, 2 HR, 9 RBIs).
Choi will receive a specially designed trophy to commemorate his Pepsi Rookie of the Month performance.