Lee wins NL Player of the Week
Slugger atop or close in most offensive categories
LOS ANGELES -- Once again, Derrek Lee was the top player of the week.
Lee, the Chicago Cubs' first baseman, was named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the second time this season.
For the week of May 23-29, Lee led the NL with four home runs and 10 runs scored. He batted .455 (10-for-22) with eight RBIs, 22 total bases, seven walks and one stolen base. Over seven games, he compiled a .567 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage, while leading his team to a 5-2 record.
Lee collected three multi-hit and two multi-home run games, and finished the week in the top three in eight offensive categories. He is the second player this season to earn the NL Player of the Week honor in multiple weeks. Lee also won the award for the week of April 25-May 1.
During the Cubs' weekend series against Colorado, the Rockies never hesitated to pitch to Lee with runners on. Cubs manager Dusty Baker wasn't surprised.
"You've got to pitch to him sooner or later. Nobody likes to run from anybody," Baker said. "I've seen them pitch to Barry Bonds, I've seen them pitch to Hank Aaron, I've seen them pitch to everybody."
Lee has been trying not to look at the NL leaderboard.
"You see it, but you try not to worry about it," Lee said. "I just prepare for the game. I think if you worry about the numbers, then you get caught up in it."
The Cubs have had a lot of potential distractions this season with the injuries to Nomar Garciaparra, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, among others.
"We could easily have put our heads down and said, 'Why us? Why is this happening?'" Lee said. "There's a bunch of fighters in here. We're not going to stop. We're going to keep going."
Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
Among the other nominees this past week included Lee's teammates Neifi Perez (.433, one home run and five RBIs) and Glendon Rusch (2-0, 1.20 ERA, 10 Ks).
Nominees from around the league included San Diego's Brian Giles (.462, two home runs, six RBIs), Khalil Greene (.414, one home run, four RBIs) and Jake Peavy (1-0, 0.00 ERA); Jim Edmonds (.438, three home runs, seven RBIs) of the Cardinals; Pittsburgh's Jason Bay (.345, three home runs, five RBIs) and Ty Wigginton (.357, three home runs and five RBIs); Mike Cameron (.444, one home run, four RBIs) of the Mets; Atlanta's Tim Hudson (2-0, 1.20 ERA); Carlos Delgado (.333) of the Marlins; San Francisco's Moises Alou (.381); Antonio Perez (.619) of the Dodgers; Milwaukee's Carlos Lee (.364); Felipe Lopez (.310) of the Reds; and Colorado's Preston Wilson (.353).
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, is proud to award the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week with a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.