Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki was named the team’s player of the month for September.
In September, Aoki batted .295 with four home runs, 18 runs batted in, 13 doubles, one triple, and seven stolen bases in 112 plate appearances. The former Japanese sensation led the National League with 18 extra-base hits in 28 games. In three games in October, Aoki went 5-for-12 with three runs and two stolen bases.
Aoki has been a breath of fresh air since joining the Brewers before the 2012 regular season. Originally used as a player off the bench, Aoki forced his way into the starting rotation with his outstanding play. As a leadoff hitter, he energized the players behind him in the batting order by consistently coming up with big hits and getting on base in clutch situations.
The Brewers are very lucky to have Aoki under contract for at least one more season, as I am sure general manager Doug Melvin will do everything he can to work out a long-term deal. In the past, many fans have questioned why Milwaukee has allowed certain players to skip town without even an offer. The Brewers certainly cannot allow this to happen with Aoki a year from now, which means the sooner the offer is made the better.
Aoki finished the 2012 season batting .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBIs, 81 runs, 37 doubles, four triples, 30 stolen bases and a .355 on-base percentage in 520 plate appearances. His four triples and 30 stolen bases was tied for first on the team.
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