09/08/2003 4:55 PM ET
San Diego's Phil Nevin named National League Pepsi Player of the Week
Phil Nevin of the San Diego Padres, who led the league with 10 RBI and tied for the league-lead with three home runs, was named the National League Pepsi Player of the Week for the first week of September.
Nevin batted .333 (6-for-18) in five games, scored four runs, and led the NL with a slugging percentage of .889. He hit a three-run homer on September 5 at Houston, and the next day drove in four runs, including another three-run home run. This was Nevin's third career Pepsi Player of the Week Award, after winning in May 2000 and April 2001.
Other players nominated were the Matt Morris (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 shutout) and Fernando Viqa (.435, 5 runs) of the Cardinals; Florida's Brad Penny (2-0, 2.77 ERA); San Diego's Brian Giles (.438, 6 RBI); Mark Prior (2-0, 1.80 ERA) of the Cubs; and Fred McGriff (.450, 3 RBI), Adrian Beltre (.407, 6 RBI) and Eric Gagne (3 SV, 0.00 ERA) of the Dodgers. Gagne set the Major League record with his 55th consecutive regular season save on September 2, breaking Tom Gordon's mark set in 1998-99.
Nevin will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the National League Pepsi Player of the Week.