Adrian Gonzalez has been named American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 28.
In 28 at-bats through 7 games, he hit .393 with a double, five home runs, nine RBI, and eight runs scored.
Already named A.L. Player of the Month for June, Gonzalez becomes the fourth Red Sox player this season to receive the Player of the Week award. He joins Carl Crawford, David Ortiz, and Jacoby Ellsbury. It is the fifth time in the first baseman's career that he has received the weekly honor.
Of the 34 players on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, 19 are tied to the Red Sox or New York Yankees. Who deserves a nod this year?
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Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.