04/21/2003 4:33 PM ET
Everett wins AL Player of the Week
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Players of the Week
ARLINGTON -- Carl Everett has had a week to remember.
Less than two days after being hit in the head by a cell phone thrown from an unruly fan in Oakland, Everett was named as the American League Player of the Week by Major League Baseball for April 14-20.
"It's well deserved," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "I can't imagine anybody in baseball that plays the game any harder than Carl Everett. He has a real passion to win and he gives himself a chance to have success."
Everett hit .476 with six home runs and eight RBIs in six games during the week. He led all Major League players in home runs, total bases with 29, slugging percentage with 1.381 and topped the American League in runs with nine. He hit home runs in all five games in which he had a plate appearance in series against Anaheim and Oakland, setting a Rangers club record for consecutive games with a home run, three shy of the Major League mark.
"Everyday he comes out here, you know are going to get a good effort and a guy that cares about winning," Showalter said. "Carl is in a good frame of mind and good groove offensively. He welcomes challenges and he responds."
Everett won a Player of the Week Award with Houston, May 10-16, 1999 and is the first Texas player to win the award since Alex Rodriguez shared honors with Bernie Williams, August 12-18, 2002.
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who won both of his starts, was also a nominee for the weekly award.
The fan who assaulted Everett in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the A's was arrested. After the attack, Everett led off the top of the sixth inning with a home run.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.