Marlins rookie outfielder Mike Stanton was named NL Player of the Week. He was given the honor after bludgeoning the Nationals and Reds collective pitching staffs last week using only his bat and his boyish good looks. Stanton collected a total of eight hits and six RBI in a three-game series against Washington, including going five-for-five in one game. In all, he hit four home runs and five doubles, scored five runs, and got eight RBI in six games played. That's Stantastic!
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The 20-year-old Stanton became the second-youngest player in Major League history to finish with at least five hits and four RBI in a single game and joined Gary Sheffield, Miguel Cabrera, Chuck Carr, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Juan Pierre as Marlins players who have recorded five-hit games.
"It's definitely a very cool award. It's a surprise for sure,'' said Stanton, who went 14 for 24 (.583) with four homers.