04/21/2003 5:13 PM ET
Chacon shares NL weekly honor
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Players of the Week
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies right-hander Shawn Chacon on Monday was chosen National League co-Player of the Week. Chacon became the first pitcher in the history of the 11th-year franchise to earn such an honor.
Chacon allowed no earned runs 14 innings over two starts -- a 12-1 victory at
Arizona on Tuesday, and an 8-0 victory over San Diego on Sunday. In Sunday's
game, Chacon shared the shutout with relief pitcher Brian Fuentes and Jose
Jimenez, who pitched an inning apiece.
"It's just another little step," Chacon said after Sunday's performance. "It's still only
April, so there's a long way to go. The way I see it, it's a big staircase and there are
a lot of little stairs to go."
Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa, who hit his 504th career homer on
Wednesday to tie Eddie Murray on the all-time list, was the other co-Player of the
Chacon, 25, is 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA that ranks second in the NL. In his last two
starts, Chacon has struck out eight, walked four and held hitters to a .163 batting
"He continues to make positive statements," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"He's in a good place right now, in a good rhythm."
Catcher Charles Johnson said he has been impressed by Chacon's arm and brain.
"He throws hard, and some guys that throw hard the way he does have a tendency
to overthrow. But he throws a two-seamer down in the zone and throws his
change-up to try to make you hit ground balls. He does a lot with his pitches.
Rockies rookie pitcher Aaron Cook, who just missed a complete-game shutout in
Colorado's 12-1 victory over San Diego on Friday night, also was nominated for the
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not
subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.