09/29/08 3:50 PM ET
Choo named AL's best in September
Tribe outfielder hit .400 with five homers over 28 games
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
The Cleveland outfielder was named the Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for September. It is the first such award for Choo.
Also considered for the award were teammate Asdrubal Cabrera, Rangers infielder Hank Blalock, Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Angels first baseman Mark Teixeira, Royals outfielder David DeJesus and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer.
Choo was productive in his 24 games this past month, posting a .400 batting average with five home runs and 24 RBIs. The 26-year-old also scored 21 runs and posted a .659 slugging percentage while getting on base 46 percent of the time in September.
"He's had a big impact on our ballclub," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's a complete player and he can help you win in multiple ways."
Helping to boost his slugging percentage to produce a 1.123 OPS, Choo had 11 extra-base hits in the month that included five doubles and one triple. Choo also had a nine-game hitting streak from Sept. 17-27 and notched 12 multi-hit games, including five consecutive two-hit games from Sept. 3-8.
Choo went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs against the Royals on Sept. 12. He later added his third three-hit game of the month on Sept. 19 against the Tigers by going 3-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBIs.
"I like when somebody is on base," Choo said. "It's better than having nobody on."
Choo finished the year with a .309 average, 14 homers, 28 doubles and 66 RBIs in 94 games while posting an on-base percentage of .397 and slugging .549. His 98 hits this season -- all while recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament construction on this left elbow -- were the most by a Korean-born player.
Choo played both corner outfield spots and shared time with six other outfielders and demonstrated to his manager that he can be a regular player.
"The only reason I hold back from that a little bit is because I don't know what the offseason is going to bring," Wedge said. "But I feel like he can be an everyday guy."
For winning the award, Choo will receive a 52-inch Sharp Aquos High-Definition TV and a specially designed trophy.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.