Bonds captured Player of the Year and Outstanding Player

Updated: November 5, 2004, 3:14 AM ET
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Barry Bonds, who could be in line for a seventh Most Valuable Player award, Thursday was named the best player in the major leagues by his peers.

Bonds captured Player of the Year and Outstanding Player in the National League as voting for the 2004 Players Choice Awards was revealed.

Bonds, 40, led all players in the NL with .362 batting average. He also had 45 homers, 101 RBI and 232 walks.

It was the seventh Players Choice Award for Bonds, who last won Player of Year honors in 2001.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected by my fellow players as the recipient of these Players Choice Awards," Bonds said in a statement. "Any time you are honored by your peers, (it) makes an award extra special."

Philadelphia's Jim Thome was named recipient of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. Named in honor of the Players Association's first executive director, the award is given to the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.

Thome, who was tied for fifth in the NL with 42 homers, has worked with the CapCure, United Way and United Cerebral Palsy charities.

Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who set a single-season record for hits in a season, was selected the American League's Outstanding Player. Suzuki's 262 hits surpassed the 84-year-old mark of George Sisler.

Suzuki, who has a career batting average of .339, won the AL Outstanding Rookie Award in 2001.

Minnesota Twins left-hander Johan Santana, who was 20-6 with a 2.61 ERA and 265 strikeouts in 2004, was named the AL's Outstanding Pitcher.

Jason Schmidt of the San Francisco Giants, who was 18-7 with a 3.20 ERA and 251 strikeouts, earned NL Outstanding Pitcher honors.

"I was definitely surprised to win the award. There are guys as deserving or more deserving. When you're selected by your peers, it's one of the greatest honors you can have as a player," Schmidt said.

Pittsburgh's Jason Bay was tabbed as the NL's Outstanding Rookie with Oakland's Bobby Crosby winning the honors in the AL. Bay hit .282 with 26 homers and 82 RBI in 120 games; Crosby hit just .239 but had 22 homers, 34 doubles and 64 RBI.

Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, who missed the entire 2003 season, keyed the team's drive to the NL Central title in 2004 and was named NL Comeback Player of the Year.

Carpenter was 15-5 with a 3.46 ERA and held opponents to a .245 batting average. He did not pitch in the postseason because of injury.

Orlando Hernandez, who went 8-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 15 games for the New York Yankees, was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Hernandez also missed all of 2003.

The Players Choice Awards winners are selected by secret ballot of all major league players and took place from Sept. 15-16.

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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