Jackson named NL Player of Week
Left fielder receives second Bank of America honor in 2008
SAN DIEGO -- Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson was named the National League's Player of the Week for the second time this season.Jackson hit .542 (13-for-24) through the week of July 21-27, with a 1.083 slugging percentage. His recent hot streak is a big reason the D-backs won five of six games throughout the week. The 26-year-old had 13 hits, leading the National League, and three times recorded three-hit games. Jackson had two doubles, a triple and three home runs with nine runs scored. For the year, Jackson is hitting .324 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs. He is now sixth in the National League in batting average. D-backs manager Bob Melvin has switched him around in the batting order and has used him in the No. 2 slot recently. Jackson also switched to left field after outfielder Eric Byrnes strained his left hamstring "He's been consistent," Melvin said. "Whether he's hitting second, whether he's hitting fourth, whether he's playing first or left, he's been a staple for us -- a guy that really came into the season wanting to establish himself as a good Major League player. Every day he has the same look in his eye. Every day he has the same work ethic and preparation to keep this thing going. He's been terrific for us." It is the second time Jackson has won the honor in his career, the first during the week of April 14-20. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment. The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera won the AL honor this week, just like he did the last time Jackson received the NL honor. Even though he already received one earlier in the year, Jackson will receive a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishments from Tourneau, the world's largest watch store.
Mark Ritter is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.