New York, NY – Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was named American League Player of the Month for May.
Hamilton also won the award in April, marking the sixth time in major league history a player has won the award in both April and May. Hamilton is the only player to win the award in both months twice, having won the award in April and May in 2010. The other players to accomplish the feat are Jose Bautista (2011), Mark McGwire (1998), Bobby Bonilla (1988) and Eric Davis (1987).
The 31-year-old lefty batted .344 for the month and led the majors with 32 RBI. Hamilton was tied for the major league lead in homers with 12 and led all American League hitters with 75 total bases.
Hamilton's month was highlighted by a 5-for-5, four home run performance May 8 at Baltimore. He set the AL record for total bases in a game (18), falling one shy of the Major League record of 19 set by Shawn Green on May 23, 2002.
Other players considered for the award were Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo.