05/03/2004 5:13 PM ET
San Francisco's Barry Bonds and Houston's Roger Clemens named Pepsi Player and Pitcher of the Month for April
Six-time Most Valuable Player Award winner Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants and six-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros were overwhelmingly voted National League Pepsi Player and Pitcher of the Month of April, respectively.
Bonds led the Major Leagues in batting average (.472), home runs (10), slugging percentage (1.132), on-base percentage (.696), and walks (39). He drove in 22 runs, scored 21, and reached base via a hit or walk in each of his 23 games played. On April 13, he hit his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays for third place on the all-time list. This was the 12th Pepsi Player of the Month Award of his career.
Clemens compiled a Major League-best 5-0 record and allowed seven earned runs in 32.1 innings for a 1.95 ERA. He allowed 21 hits and struck out 32 batters. With his 315th win on April 30, he passed Gaylord Perry to move into 15th place on the all-time wins list, and also became the first Astros' pitcher to win five games in April. Clemens is in his first season in the National League after spending the previous 20 years in the American League, where he won 14 previous Pepsi Pitcher of the Month Awards.
Other pitchers receiving votes were: Florida's Armando Benitez (0.66 ERA, tied for league-lead with 10 saves); New York's Tom Glavine (3-1, 1.64 ERA); and San Diego's Jake Peavy (1-1, 1.86 ERA). Three other players received votes: Richard Hidalgo (.341, 4 HR, 22 RBI) of the Houston Astros; Moises Alou (.361, 7 HR, 20 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; and Jack Wilson (.369, 2 HR, 8 RBI) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bonds and Clemens will each receive a specially designed trophy for being named National League Pepsi Player and Pitcher of the Month.