Hunter Pence has been named National League Player of the Month for September by MLB.
In 27 September games, he hit .293 with a .393 on-base percentage and a Major League-leading .667 slugging percentage. The seven-year veteran also tied for the MLB lead with 11 home runs and was first with 32 RBIs.
The day before, Pence smacked his club-leading 27th home run, the most for the Giants since Barry Bonds hit 28 in 2007. Pence also became the first Giant since Bonds in 1998 to reach 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. He fell only one RBI short of reaching 100 for the second year in a row, despite a six-RBI outburst in a 4-for-5 effort Sept. 10 against the Rockies and a seven-RBI night, including a grand slam, vs. the Dodgers on Sept. 14.
Pence played in all 162 games for the Giants this season and was also the recipient of the organization’s Willie Mac Award. The Willie Mac Award is given to the most inspirations player during the season. Pence most definitely fits that bill.
Congrats to Hunter on this season and especially a fantastic September!