A's first baseman Brandon Moss has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 17th.
This is Moss' first career weekly honor.
Moss batted .348 (8-for-23) with three doubles, five homers, 10 RBI and seven runs scored in six games. Among Major League leaders, the 28-year-old finished tops in slugging percentage (1.130) and total bases (26), tied for first in homers and RBI, tied for second in runs scored and tied for third in doubles.
In Tuesday's win at Coors Field in Colorado, Moss became the first player this season and
the 32nd overall to reach the 13-year-old ballparks third deck in right field with a towering blast as part of a six-run third inning to erase an early 4-0 deficit.
He hit another home run in the fifth inning, his first career multi-home-run game.
The eighth round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Loganville (GA) High School (by Boston) joined Jack Cust as the only Athletic hitters since the 2000 season to tally five homers over a four-day span.
Additionally, he and Cust are the only pair in As history to launch six homers in their first nine games with the club.
A's catcher Bruce Maxwell made history Saturday night in Oakland. The 26-year-old became the first player in big-league history to kneel during the national anthem.
Below is the official statement from Major League Baseball:
Major League Baseball has a longstanding tradition of honoring our nation prior to the start of our games. We also respect that each of our players is an individual with his own background, perspectives and opinions. We believe that our game will continue to bring our fans, their communities and our players together.
MLB media services contributed to this report
OAKLAND — A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee in protest during Saturday night’s national anthem at the Coliseum, believed to be the first major league baseball player to do so during the playing of the anthem.
Maxwell, stationed at the far left of his row of teammates and coaches in front of the A’s dugout, knelt with his hat over his heart. Outfielder Mark Canha stood next to Maxwell with his hand on Maxwell's shoulder, a show of support that's also been demonstrated by NFL players when their teammates have knelt during the anthem.
Athletes around the country have been hitting social media heavily Saturday, taking President Trump to task for a series of inflammatory tweets in which the President withdrew an invitation for the Warriors to visit the White House while also criticizing NFL players who kneel in protest for the anthem. Then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first pro athlete to draw attention for kneeling during the anthem last season, doing so as a manner of protesting racial discrimination in the country.
Maxwell, who’s been out of the lineup the past couple days as he undergoes concussion protocol, lashed out at Trump in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon:
Maxwell was born in Germany while his father, an Army officer, was stationed there. He grew up in Alabama.