09/22/2003 4:59 PM ET
Chicago's Mark Prior and St. Louis' Edgar Renteria named National League Pepsi Co-Players of the Week
Edgar Renteria of the St. Louis Cardinals, who batted .500 with 12 RBI, and Mark Prior of the Chicago Cubs, who was 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA, were named National League Pepsi Co-Players of the Week for the week of September 15-21.
Prior pitched 16.1 innings, allowed 14 hits and struck out a Major League-leading 27 batters. The eighth of his 14 strikeouts yesterday was Chicago's 1,345th strikeout of the season, breaking the single-season Major League record set by the 2001 Cubs pitching staff. Since returning from the disabled list on August 4, Prior is 9-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 10 starts. This was Prior's first Pepsi Player of the Week Award.
Renteria was 12-for-24 in seven games and scored seven runs. He led all Major Leaguers with seven doubles and a .613 on-base percentage. On September 18, he was 4-for-4 and matched a career-high with five RBI. With 98 RBI, he holds the single-season Cardinals RBI record for shortstops, shattering the previous record of 82 he shared with Doc Lavan (1921). This was Renteria's second career Pepsi Player of the Week Award (June 1998).
Other players nominated included: Prior's teammates Aramis Ramirez (.333, 4 HR, 7 RBI) and Kerry Wood (1-0, four-hit shutout); Atlantas Chipper Jones (.455, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Russ Ortiz (1-0, 3-hit shutout); San Francisco's Marquis Grissom (league-leading .545 average, 5 RBI); Houston's Richard Hidalgo (.385, 4 HR, 8 RBI); Pittsburgh's Ryan Vogelsong (2-0, 0.00 ERA); and Jim Thome (.273, 4 HR, 9 RBI) and Mike Lieberthal (.292, 3 HR, league-leading 13 RBI) of Philadelphia.
Prior and Renteria will each receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the National League Pepsi Co-Players of the Week.