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05/02/05 9:37 PM ET

Barmes is NL's top rookie

Shortstop hit .410 in April to lock up MLB award

SAN DIEGO -- As far as Colorado rookie shortstop Clint Barmes is concerned, it's still April, even though the calendar was supposed to have turned two days ago.

Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Barmes had been chosen National League Rookie of the Month for April. Barmes hit .410, becoming the third player in history to hit .400 or better in March/April, behind the New York Mets' Willie Randolph in 1980 and Montreal's Andres Galarraga in 1986.

"Right now, it's like it's not even a new month," Barmes said. "When I've struggled at times, I couldn't wait to get to a new month for something like a fresh start. But I just want to try to go out and continue to do what I've been doing."

May started fine for Barmes. He went 1-for-1 to lift his average to .417 and went into Monday's game against San Diego leading the Majors in batting.

"I'm trying to come out and do what I've been doing since the beginning of the season, and before that, during Spring Training," Barmes said. "My approach has done pretty well. My goal is not to give away any at-bats and have quality at-bats every night."

Barmes and pitcher Jason Jennings (August 2002) are the only players in the 13-season history of the Rockies to win the award. Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe also received votes for the April award.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.