AL Players of the Week: Chris Colabello and Josh Hamilton


Mar 31, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter

Chris Colabello

hits a double against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB American League Players of the Week for the first week of the 2014 season were named on Monday.

Named co-Players of the Week for the AL were Chris Colabello of the Minnesota and Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angeles.

In a press release by MLB, they said the following about Colabello, who did play three games against the White Sox in the first week:

"“Colabello batted .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and four runs scored over six games to claim his first career weekly honor. Among A.L. leaders, the right-handed-hitting Colabello was first in RBI, tied for second in doubles, tied for third in total bases (16) and tied for fifth in hits and slugging percentage (.696).” Apr 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) high-fives second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports"

The release said about Hamilton:

"“Hamilton batted .500 (11-for-22) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and five runs scored to win his third career weekly honor. Josh led all Major League hitters in slugging percentage (.864) and on-base percentage (.560), and among A.L. leaders, he was first in batting average and hits and was tied for first in total bases (19).”"

White Sox ace Chris Sale was mentioned in the “other noteworthy performances” section.

Of Sale the press release states he was 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. He also waled just two batters and totaled 14 strikeouts.

The NL Players of the Week were Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies.