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