Monday, April 20, 2009

Ethier Named NL Player of the Week

Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier may be too busy texting his friends to notice, but the man with the NL-leading 16 RBI (Matt Kemp has 14) was just named NL Player of the Week:

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier on Monday was named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for April 13-19.

Ethier, who led the league with 12 RBIs last week, went 9-for-23, tied for the league lead with four homers and eight runs scored, ranked second with 23 total bases and third with a 1.000 slugging percentage as the Dodgers went 6-0 on their first homestand of the year.

Most of Ethier's success has come batting directly behind Manny Ramirez.

"You know you'll get pitches to hit and when he's hot pitchers come after you, they don't want to put you on base and give him opportunities to drive in runs," Ethier said this week.

"The key for me, there's a fine line figuring out how they'll approach me this year. Sometimes you find yourself watching instead of being aggressive. After the first few games, I said it was time to get after it."

Ethier wins a Swiss watch from "Torneau" [sic]. Hope it's not this clearance item train wreck of a design, or we may be seeing it on eBay next week.

Congratulations, Andre, and keep up the hot bat!

photo by Juan Ocampo/Dodgers