Derrek Lee National League Player of the Month

Posted on 08 October 2009 by Lou

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One of the few lone bright spots for the 2009 Chicago Cubs was the play of Derrek Lee.  Lee was named the NL Player of the month for September.  In the final month of the season, Lee led all major league players with a whopping .386 batting average.  He also had a phenomenal .500 on-base percentage with 9 HR’s and 23 RBI’s.  Lee was last named NL Player of the Month back in April 2005.

After a slow start (Lee was hitting below .200 as late as May 16th), Lee really turned it around during the last 4 months of the season.  Lee finished the season with a solid .306 batting average that led the team.  He also led the team with 35 HR’s, 91 runs scored and 111 RBI’s, and his .393 on-base percentage was the 3rd highest in his 12-year MLB career.  At the age of 34, it’s unclear how many more years he has left in the tank, but it is a great sign that he really turned it around in 2009.  With a healthy Lee and Aramis Ramirez in the middle of the lineup in 2010, you’d expect the Cubs to make some noise in the NL Central once again during the 2010 MLB schedule.  GM Jim Hendry, Manager Lou Pinella and the Wrigley Field faithful will surely be excited to see a dynamic Lee/Ramirez combination in the middle of the lineup for the entire 2010 campaign…

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