04/07/2003 3:50 PM ET
Pirates' Reggie Sanders named NL Pepsi Player of the Week
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders batted .444 with four home runs and 11 RBIs to win the National League Pepsi Player of the Week for the first week of the 2003 season.
In five games, Sanders was 8-for-18 with four runs scored, tied for the league lead in home runs, and was the NL's outright leader in RBIs and slugging percentage (1.111). On April 3, Sanders went 4-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs in a 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. This is the fourth time Sanders has won the award, each time with a different team (6/4/95 with Cincinnati, 7/4/99 with San Diego, and 4/22/01 with Arizona).
Other players nominated included Sanders' teammate Kris Benson (2-0, 0.00 ERA); Cincinnati's Austin Kearns (.400, 3 HR, 6 RBI); Florida's Alex Gonzalez (.381, 4 HR, 9 RBI) and Ivan Rodriguez (.450, 2 HR, 9 RBI); Houston's Brad Ausmus (.467, 2 HR, 7 RBI); Chicago's Alex S. Gonzalez (.480, 2 HR, 4 RBI) and Mark Grudzielanek (.500 average); and Dodgers' pitcher Hideo Nomo (1-1, 1.69 ERA).
Sanders will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the National League Pepsi Player of the Week.