TORONTO BLUE JAYS1B/DHEDWIN ENCARNACION has captured theHONDA PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD for August, in a vote by theTORONTO CHAPTER of the BBWAA. Honda, the official vehicle of the Blue Jays, will make a donation to the charity of Edwin’s choosing.
ENCARNACION batted .407 in August with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 35 RBI and a 1.379 OPS. The right-handed hitter led the Majors in average and slugging (.919), while ranking 2nd in home runs. Edwin ended the month with a 26 game hit streak and he and teammate Josh Donaldson each had 35 RBI to set a Blue Jay franchise record for RBI in any calendar month. In fact Encarnacion and Donaldson are the first pair of teammates to record 10+HR & 35+RBI in the same month since Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees in July, 1931(Elias Stats Bureau).
Others receiving consideration were 3B Josh Donaldson (.324, 11HR, 35RBI),LHP David Price (4-1, 2.28 ERA) and RHP Roberto Osuna (0.79 ERA, 10SV).