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Paul Konerko, Jay Bruce named MLB players of the week

Apr 30, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Player of the Week awards were announced this afternoon. The winners: Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Jay Bruce of the Reds.

Konerko went 10-for-23 with three doubles, three home runs — including his 400th career bomb — and drove in four. He’s having another quietly great Paul Konerko year thus far, hitting .383/.444/.679. Someday we’re all gonna look back at the past 15 years or so and wonder why in the hell people didn’t talk about him more than we did.

In the NL, it was Jay Bruce, who went 10-for-21, hit four homers — in consecutive games — drove in ten and got on base at a .542 clip, leading the suddenly frisky Reds to a 4-2 record.

I should also add that I have this feeling that one day we’ll look back at Jay Bruce’s career a lot like Paul Konerko’s.

  1. joshfrancis50 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    As a Reds fan, I will gladly revel in the obscure greatness of Jay Bruce for the next 10 years or so.

  2. sfs1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Four 20+ home run seasons through his age 24 season, go ahead and give him 5 through 25. If Jay Bruce can figure out lefties he could become a legitimate star.

  3. Fink - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Jay Bruce loves May, time for the Redlegs to be a little more than just “frisky.”

  4. ajcardsfan - May 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    “Someday we’re all gonna look back at the past 15 years or so and wonder why in the hell people didn’t talk about him more than we did.” – Probably because he plays for the Reds, the same can be said for almost any big production, but small team player. That’s not an insult towards the Reds, I’m just stating my observation

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