Outfielder George Springer of the Toronto Blue Jays has been chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and shortstop Trea Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.
Springer earned his fifth career AL Player of the Week Award and his third of the 2021 season, becoming the first American Leaguer to take home three weekly honors in a single season since Justin Verlander, who accomplished the feat during his Cy Young and MVP Award-winning 2011 season. This marks Toronto’s sixth weekly honor (also: Robbie Ray, Teoscar Hernández, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.), which is the most by an individual Club since the Boston Red Sox also claimed six awards during their World Series-winning 2007 campaign. Turner claimed his first career NL Player of the Week Award and is the Dodgers’ fourth winner this season, following Max Scherzer, Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock.
George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays
• Batted .500 (13-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, a stolen base and a .962 slugging percentage over six games played.
• Clubbed his sixth career grand slam in yesterday’s must-win game against the Baltimore Orioles. Also started Sunday’s contest with his fourth leadoff homer of the 2021 season, and the 43rd of his career.
• Reached the 20-homer plateau with a three-run blast in Saturday’s win over the Orioles. Has reached 20 round-trippers in six different seasons.
• Homered in consecutive games for the fourth time this year and the 25th time of his career.
Trea Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
• Hit .458 (11-for-24) with eight runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, a stolen base and a .917 slugging percentage across six games.
• Finished the regular season on a career-best 19-game hitting streak from September 12th – October 3rd, collecting 31 hits, five doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBI during the torrid stretch.
• Won the 2021 NL batting title after pacing his counterparts with a .328 average on the season, becoming the first Dodgers player to do so since Tommy Davis in 1963.
• Also paced the NL with 32 stolen bases, becoming the first Dodger to win a batting title and lead the league in steals since Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson in 1949.
Other noteworthy AL performances for the week included second baseman/outfielder Brandon Lowe (.429, 7 R, 5 HR, 11 RBI) and starting pitcher Michael Wacha (0.00 ERA, 10.0 IP, 8 SO, 1 H) of the of the Tampa Bay Rays; outfielder Mitch Haniger (.320, 5 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; first baseman Seth Brown (.273, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) and second baseman Tony Kemp (.435, 10 H, 2 HR, 7 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics; first baseman Jared Walsh (.435, 5 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; and Springer’s All-Star teammate Bo Bichette (.500, 7 R, 4 2B, 3 HR).
Other noteworthy NL performances last week included All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds (.579, 6 R, 3 2B, 3 3B) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; starting pitcher Reiver Sanmartin (2-0, 1.54 ERA, 11.1 IP, 11 SO) of the Cincinnati Reds; September/October’s NL Reliever of the Month Camilo Doval (4 G, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 7 SO) of the San Francisco Giants; outfielder Dylan Carlson (.412, 7 H, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and Turner’s teammates Corey Seager (.500, 7 R, 3 2B, 4 HR) and Walker Buehler (2-0, 0.75 ERA, 12.0 IP, 16 SO).