06/30/2003 4:53 PM ET
Cardinals' Jim Edmonds named National League Pepsi Player of the Week
Jim Edmonds of the St. Louis Cardinals, who hit .464 with a league-leading five home runs and 14 RBI, received his second National League Pepsi Player of the Week Award this season for the week ending June 29, 2003. He previously won the award in the second week of the season (April 7-13).
Edmonds was 13-for-28 in six games with five doubles and eight runs scored. He also led the league in slugging percentage (1.179) and total bases (33), and was tied for first in runs and doubles. The five-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner drove in at least one run in all six games, and hit a home run in four consecutive games from June 25-28, including a 4-for-4, two-home run game on June 28 vs. the Kansas City Royals.
Other candidates were Edmonds' teammates Albert Pujols (.452, 2 HR, 6 RBI), Bo Hart (.455, league-leading 15 hits) and Tino Martinez (.391, 3 HR, 8 RBI); Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik (league-leading .542 average); Florida's Ivan Rodriguez (.500, 8 RBI); and Philadelphia's Mike Lieberthal (.440, 7 RBI).
Pitchers nominated were Tomo Ohka (2-0, 0.60 ERA) and Claudio Vargas (2-0, 1.26 ERA) of the Expos; San Francisco's Jason Schmidt (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Jerome Williams (1-0, CG shutout) Kerry Wood (2-0, 1.80 ERA) of the Cubs; Atlanta's Russ Ortiz (2-0, 1.93 ERA); Pittsburgh's Jeff Suppan (1-1, 1.69 ERA); Arizona's Brandon Webb (1-0, 1.13 ERA); and Philadelphia's Jose Mesa (4 G, 0.00 ERA in 6 IP).
Edmonds will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the National League Pepsi Player of the Week.