All-Star first baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox has been chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and All-Star third baseman Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.
Abreu earned his fifth career AL Player of the Week Award, most recently for the week ending May 28, 2017, and is the first White Sox winner since his teammate Eloy Jiménez last season for the period ending September 15th. In White Sox lore, only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (13), Magglio Ordoñez (6) and Paul Konerko (6) have received more weekly awards. Machado also claimed his fifth career weekly honor and his first in the NL, previously winning while with the Baltimore Orioles. Following his teammate Fernando Tatis Jr.’s win earlier this month (Auguest 9th), the Padres are the first Club in the Majors this year with multiple Player of the Week winners.
José Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Batted .533 (16-for-30) with nine runs scored, three doubles, seven home runs, 15 RBI, two walks and a 1.333 slugging percentage over seven games played.
Clubbed six home runs across a weekend set against the cross-town Chicago Cubs, matching the Major League record for a three-game series, and establishing a new Club record for a series of any length.
Batted a perfect 4-for-4 with three home runs in Saturday’s tilt at Wrigley Field, marking the 17th three-homer game in franchise history and the first since Matt Davidson in 2018.
Homered in four consecutive at-bats over the weekend, matching the Major league record (43rd time overall), and tallied round-trippers in six of nine plate appearances dating back to Friday night.
Enters play today in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak dating back to August 16th, including five straight multi-hit games with at least one RBI from August 18th-22nd. Became the first White Sox player to post a streak of five such games since Melky Cabrera in 2015.
Posted a slash line of .393/.469/.821 with eight runs scored, 11 hits, three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base across seven games.
Delivered a multi-hit game with at least one run scored in five consecutive games from Tuesday–Saturday, the 18th such streak in franchise history and the first since Francisco Mejia last year (August 4th-11th).
Launched a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday night over the Texas Rangers, San Diego’s third straight game with a grand slam. Eric Hosmer would connect for a grand slam in the ensuing contest as the Padres became the first Club in MLB history with a grand slam in four straight games.
Provided a Play of the Week nomination after covering more than 100 feet to make an impressive over-the-shoulder catch in the right-field corner.
Led by Machado and Tatis, San Diego won seven consecutive games (Monday-Sunday) for the first time since June 2013. The Padres enter play today with an 18-12 (.600) record, and trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4.0 games in the NL West.
Other noteworthy AL performances last week included outfielder Kyle Lewis (.522, 11 R, 12 H, .957 SLG) of the Seattle Mariners; All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon (.531, 17 H, 2 BB, 5 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (8.0 IP, 1.13 ERA, 12 SO, 1 H) of the Minnesota Twins; first baseman Luke Voit (.500, 6 R, 5 HR, 8 RBI) of the New York Yankees; starter Aaron Civale (1-0, 1 CG, 1.00 ERA, 6 SO) of the Cleveland Indians; and Abreu’s All-Star teammate Lucas Giolito (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 SO, 1 BB).
Other noteworthy NL performances for the week included shortstop Dansby Swanson (.440, 8 R, 11 H, 4 2B) of the Atlanta Braves; starting pitcher Yu Darvish (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 17 SO, 2 BB) of the Chicago Cubs; All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.348, 8 H, 2 2B, 12 BB) of the St. Louis Cardinals; infielder Wilmer Flores (.368, 6 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI) of the San Francisco Giants; starter Zac Gallen (13.0 IP, 1.38 ERA, 14 SO, 6 H) of the Arizona D-backs; All-Star outfielder Cody Bellinger (.304, 5 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) of the Dodgers; and Manny’s teammates Trent Grisham (.344, 7 R, 11 H, 3 HR) and Tatis (.357, 9 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI).
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Perfect Throw Home by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays
August 21st at TB – Watch It Here
Versatile Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays earned his first career Play of the Week honor and is the second Blue Jays player to accomplish the feat since the award was introduced in 2019, joining Jonathan Davis (May 29, 2019). With one out in the bottom of the first inning of Friday’s tilt against the Tampa Bay Rays, Gurriel ranged to the left field corner before firing a perfect throw home to backstop Danny Jansen to nab Yandy Díaz. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Scott Kingery’s leaping catch against the wall to take away an extra-base hit; Fernando Tatis Jr.’s jumping catch in shallow left field; Mike Yastrzemski’s leaping catch at the wall to rob an extra-base hit; Lewis Brinson’s home run-robbing snag over the center-field wall; and the nifty double play turned by Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve.