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Monday, July 21, 2008

This Just In: Wee Willie Harris Named Player of the Week!

From MLB:

Willie Harris of the Washington Nationals has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 20th. 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 Bank of America’s long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Harris hit .583 (7-for-12) during the week and led the N.L. with seven RBI. The 30-year-old left fielder recorded a double, triple, home run, stolen base and five runs scored, while posting a .688 on-base percentage and a 1.083 slugging percentage. Harris collected multi-hit games in each of his three games played, including a home run and five RBI in the Nationals’ 15-6 win at Atlanta on July 20th. The Cairo, Georgia native is the only active MLB player to attend Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. This marks Willie’s first career weekly award honor.
And the Nationals released some more interesting tidbits about Wee Willie:

*Harris is batting .366 (26-for-71) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 13 RBI, 12 walks and 3 stolen bags in 23 games beginning June 22. He has posted stellar OBP (.464), slugging (.620) and OPS (1.084) in the same span.

*Harris has started games at 4 positions (2B, LF, CF, RF) for Manny Acta this season. He has also appeared defensively for Washington at 3B and SS in 2008.

*Harris’ 6 home runs this season are not only a career high, they are only one shy of his career total (7) entering the 2008 campaign.

*By winning NL POTW, Harris becomes the first Washington National to earn the citation outright. Two other Nationals shared the award with other players: 1B Nick Johnson (June 6, 2005, shared with STL’s Albert Pujols) and 3B Ryan Zimmerman (August 5, 2007, shared with ARI’s Brandon Webb).

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