09/30/2003 12:25 PM ET
Soriano, Halladay named American League Pepsi Player, Pitcher of the Month for September
New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who hit .352 with nine home runs and 17 RBI, and Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay, who was 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA, have been named September's American League Pepsi Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.
Soriano, who went 38-for-108 during September, led all AL batters in homers and hits for the month. In 26 games, the 25-year-old recorded six doubles, 19 runs scored, six stolen bases, a .657 slugging percentage and a .391 on-base percentage. On September 27, Soriano stole his 35th base and became the third player in Major League history to record at least 35 stolen bases and 35 home runs in consecutive seasons. This was the second monthly award for Soriano, who also won this past April.
Halladay led all AL hurlers last month in wins, innings pitched (51.0), complete games (5), shutouts (2) and strikeouts (42). On September 27, Halladay pitched his ninth complete game of the season and earned his AL-best 22nd win, the most ever by a Blue Jays pitcher. He also became the first pitcher since Baltimore's Mike Cuellar in 1974 to win 22 games in a season without recording a win by April 30 of that season. This was Halladay's second Pepsi Pitcher of the Month Award this season (May).
Other players who received votes were Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff (.294, 8 HR, 21 RBI); Kansas City's Carlos Beltran (.320, 5 HR, 17 RBI); and Boston's David Ortiz (.287, 8 HR, 23 RBI) and Manny Ramirez (.375, 6 HR, 14 RBI).
Pitchers receiving consideration were Kansas City's Brian Anderson (4-0, 3.35 ERA); Minnesota's Eddie Guardado (2-0, 1.64 ERA, 10 SV) and Brad Radke (4-0, 1.80 ERA); Oakland's Ted Lilly (4-0, 0.40 ERA); Seattle's Jamie Moyer (3-1, 1.45 ERA); and Boston's Pedro Martinez (4-0, 0.82 ERA).
Soriano and Halladay will each receive specially designed trophies as the American League Pepsi Player and Pitcher of the Month.