Last month, it was Bobby Abreu who won the American League’s Player of the Month award.
Kendry Morales wanted to keep it within the organization.
The powerful switch-hitting Morales was recognized for a fantastic month of August yesterday, being issued his first Player of the Month award in his young career.
Minnesota Twins’ “Mr. Do-It-All” Joe Mauer finished 2nd to Morales after he posted some tremendous August numbers (.391 average, 8 home runs, 23 RBI).
Check out some of K-Mo’s numbers from 28 games played in August:
– .385 batting average
– 8 doubles
– 10 home runs
– 33 RBI
– .734 slugging percentage
His 33 RBI set a new Angels record for RBI in the month of August previously set by Bobby Bonds (31), a record that stood since 1977.
His RBI total also tied him with Ryan Howard (NL Player of the Month for August) for the most in the MLB during August.
He was tops in the MLB for August with that gaudy .734 slugging percentage.
Since the All-Star break, no player has driven in more runs than Kendry with his 45 RBI.
He had two outstanding games during August, with the first being on August 2nd, when he hit two 3-run home runs, posting a career-best 6 RBI.
He would match his top RBI mark again on August 28th as he went a perfect 5-for-5.
From start to finish, K-Mo has been en fuego.
On the season, Kendry’s hitting .313 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI, and his 69 extra-base hits is 2nd best in the American League behind only Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manager Mike Scioscia strongly believes that Morales is deserving of MVP contention, and said, “If you take Kendry out of our lineup, I think you’re looking at a different offense.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Mike.