Monday, July 5, 2010

Dominican MLB June 2010 Players of the Month

There were again, like usual, several Dominicans that got some AL and NL Player of the month votes.  No Dominicans won any of the player of the month awards, this being the first month of 2010 that this has happened.  Ubaldo Jimenez (NL Pitcher of the Month for April and May), Francisco Liriano (AL Pitcher of the Month for April), Robinson Cano (AL Player of the month for April), and David Ortiz (AL Player of the Month for May) have all won the award this year (see the Player of the Month page).  It is pretty incredible that Dominicans have won 5 out of the 12 player of the month awards thus far this season.

For June, Adrian Beltre and Vladimir Guerrero were the only Dominicans to get any votes, both for the AL Player of the Month.  Even though the Dominican Baseball Guy loves Vladimir Guerrero, the Dominican Baseball Guy cannot pass up Adrian Beltre for the June 2010 Dominican Baseball Guy Dominican Player of the Month.  Beltre (.376, 7 HR, 19 RBI) had a huge month and would normally win the MLB award if it had not been for Josh Hamiliton's incredible month of June (.454 (49-108),9 HR, 31 RBI).  But this is the Dominican Baseball Guy's Dominican Player of the Month and Josh Hamilton is not Dominican.  Beltre also led a surge by the Red Sox who were 18-9 on the month. Beltre played for the Dominican Republic in the most recent World Baseball Classic, here he is with Albert Pujols during this competition:

As for the pitchers, amazingly no Dominicans got any votes for the MLB Pitchers of the month, this after Jimenez won the first two in the National League.  The Dominican Baseball Guy's Dominican Pitcher of the Month for June 2010 goes to Neftali Feliz.  The Dominican Baseball Guy is of course a fan of the Rangers, but Feliz is two off the MLB lead in saves with 23 thus far.  He had 8 in June.  He is from Azua on the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic.  There seem to be a lot of players from this city, so the Dominican Baseball Guy will tag this city every time it is mentioned.  Neftali is only in his second big league season, but has become the full time closer on a very good team.  Here is Neftali with Micheal Young after a save:

Also, the Dominican Baseball Guy liked the recap of the MLB Player's of the Month over at

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