All-Star third baseman José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians has been chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and outfielder Tyler O’Neill of the St. Louis Cardinals has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.
Ramírez earned his fourth career weekly award, most recently in July 2018, and is Cleveland’s first position player to accomplish the feat since his last honor. Prior to Ramírez, Edwin Encarnación June 2018) was the last Indians position player to do so. O’Neill claimed his first career NL Player of the Week Award and is the Cardinals’ second winner of the 2021 campaign, joining infielder Tommy Edman (August 29th).
• Batted .500 (10-for-20) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, four walks and a .900 slugging percentage over six games played.
• Batted a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a home run and three RBI in yesterday’s win over the New York Yankees.
• Yesterday’s round-tripper was his 35th of the season, the most among MLB switch-hitters in 2021.
• Has tallied an MLB-best 334 extra-base hits since the start of 2017. Is joined by All-Star Nolan Arenado as the only Major Leaguers with at least 150 homers and 390 extra-base hits since 2016.
• Posted a slash line of .391/.481/.826 with nine runs scored, nine hits, a double, three home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases across six games.
• Delivered multiple RBI in a career-best four consecutive games from Tuesday-Saturday.
• Launched his sixth go-ahead home run in the 8th inning-or-later yesterday against the San Diego Padres, passing Arenado for the Club lead. It also marked his sixth game-winning RBI of the season and his 12th go-ahead RBI.
• Enters play today in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak dating back to September 11th, propelling the surging Cardinals to a perfect 8-0 record. Scored at least one run in each of the eight contests.
Other noteworthy AL performances for the week included starting pitcher Wily Peralta (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.0 IP, 8 SO) of the Detroit Tigers; infielder Josh Harrison (.409, 4 R, 9 H, 9 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics; All-Star shortstop Bo Bichette (.304, 7 H, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and starter Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 13 SO, 0 BB) of the Toronto Blue Jays; shortstop Carlos Correa (.304, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and outfielder Jose Siri (.500, 8 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Houston Astros; and All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo (.412, 6 R, 7 H, 5 HR) of the New York Yankees.
Other noteworthy NL performances last week included O’Neill’s teammate Paul Goldschmidt (.435, 12 R, 10 H, 6 XBH); outfielder Bryce Harper (.450, 6 R, 6 2B, 8 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies; starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 11 SO) and first baseman Lewin Díaz (.333, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR) of the Miami Marlins; third baseman Matt Duffy (.350, 5 R, 4 XBH, 5 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; infielder Brendan Rodgers (.364, 8 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Colorado Rockies; and outfielder Eddie Rosario (.471, 8 H, 4 XBH, 3 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves.
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Home run-robbing catch by Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles
September 15th vs. NYY – Watch It Here
All-Star outfielder Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles earned his first career Play of the Week Award and is Baltimore’s first winner since outfielder Stevie Wilkerson in September 2019. In the top of the second inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park, Mullins scaled the outfield wall to take away a home run from Gary Sánchez. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Henry Ramos’ leaping catch against the outfield wall; Kevin Kiermaier’s jumping snag in center field; Lewis Brinson’s leaping catch in the left-field corner; Lorenzo Cain’s leaping catch against the outfield wall; and Byron Buxton’s diving snag in shallow center field.
Chevy Community MVPs of the Month
Meet the dedicated people who’ve kept our communities moving forward over the last year. They’re the real MVPs, or as we call them, Community MVPs. Each month, as MLB recognizes National and American League players for their exceptional on-field performances, Chevy will spotlight a Community MVP who’s stood out for continuously putting others’ needs before their own.
Christine Evans (Atlanta)
As a nurse anesthetist fighting on the frontlines at the beginning of the pandemic (where she often worked seven days a week with little rest), Christine’s selflessness and commitment to others is a true inspiration. Outside of nursing, she also found other ways to help. As a volunteer at Village Work Community Services, Christine poured her energy into overseeing and supporting children who were adjusting to the challenges of virtual learning during school shutdowns.
Jarrod Rice (Detroit)
Jarrod is a boys basketball coach who, besides teaching the fundamentals of the game, teaches life lessons, forming better players and better young men. Beloved by his players, Jarrod received multiple nominations, which speaks to the profound impact he’s had as a coach, mentor and friend.
For a full list of Chevy Community MVPs, please visit here.