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05/23/05 6:58 PM ET
Burrell NL's Player of Week again
Slugger hit .500 with two home runs and eight RBIs last week
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Pat Burrell had another big week for the streaking Phillies, and his efforts earned him his second National League Player of the Week Award, presented by Bank of America. The outfielder hit .500 for the week, led the league with a .950 slugging percentage and tied for the lead with 19 total bases. Burrell slugged two homers, eight RBIs and scored three runs in six games, a stretch in which the Phillies went 4-2. "He's been very solid," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "Sometimes things will get out of whack, and you have to let him back in. He has a chance to be better. He's enjoying the game more now." Burrell had cooled off after a torrid first week that earned him his first Player of the Week Award. But he found his stroke again, and is hitting .318 this season. "If he tries to hit .300, he'll hit 40 homers," said Manuel. "I'm convinced of that." Burrell is the first Phillie to win the award twice in the same season since Von Hayes in 1986, and Hayes did it three times that year. Greg Luzinski (1977) and Pete Rose (1979) were also two-time winners. Burrell is the first player to garner weekly honors twice this season. In the NL, Burrell beat out two of his teammates, Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle, among others. Burrell entered the season as a question mark after two subpar campaigns. Making it more complicated was a wrist injury that cost him five weeks. But none of that has been a factor. "He's having a really good year, and has been really consistent," said Jim Thome. "What's cool is watching how he's adjusted."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.