Delivery Man of the Month Award
Awarded forBest relief pitcher in MLB
Sponsored byDHL (2005–2010)
CountryUnited States, Canada
Presented byMajor League Baseball
History
First award2005
Final award2013
Most winsTrevor Hoffman (4)

Major League Baseball (MLB) honored its best relief pitchers with a Delivery Man of the Month Award for one pitcher during each month of the regular season from 2005 through 2013. The awards were initially part of a sponsorship agreement between MLB and package delivery company DHL Express; DHL's sponsorship ran from 2005 to 2010.[1][2] There was also a Delivery Man of the Year Award; all of the Delivery Man awards were discontinued after 2013.[3] A new Reliever of the Month Award was first awarded in 2017.

Winners

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Francisco Rodríguez won the Delivery Man of the Month Award in August 2006 and June 2008.
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Joe Nathan won the Delivery Man of the Month Award three times.

Winners of the monthly award were decided by a four-man panel, which originally consisted of Dennis Eckersley, Jerome Holtzman, Rick Sutcliffe and Bob Watson.[4] The panel later included Darryl Hamilton and Mike Bauman, a national columnist for MLB.com.[5]

Trevor Hoffman received the award more than any other pitcher, with four wins between May 2005 and May 2009. Four other pitchers received the award three times: Craig Kimbrel, Joe Nathan, J. J. Putz, and Rafael Soriano. The most wins by a team was four, accomplished by the Kansas City Royals via Joakim Soria (2) and Greg Holland (2); the Pittsburgh Pirates via José Mesa, Joel Hanrahan, and Jason Grilli (2); and the San Diego Padres via Hoffman (3) and Heath Bell.

Month Year Player Team SV ERA H BB K IP Ref
April 2005 José Mesa Pittsburgh Pirates 8 1.12 7 2 10 8 [6]
May 2005 Trevor Hoffman (1) San Diego Padres 12 0.82 6 1 13 11 [7]
June 2005 Chad Cordero Washington Nationals 15 0.00 11 2 14 16+13 [8]
July 2005 Brad Lidge Houston Astros 8 1.64 4 1 15 11 [9]
August 2005 Todd Jones Florida Marlins 12 0.66 10 0 13 13+23 [10]
September 2005 Ryan Dempster Chicago Cubs 13 0.00 10 5 19 15+23 [11]
April 2006 Jonathan Papelbon (1) Boston Red Sox 10 0.00 7 2 14 14+13 [12]
May 2006 Jason Isringhausen St. Louis Cardinals 10 0.77 7 8 14 11+23 [13]
June 2006 Bobby Jenks (1) Chicago White Sox 10 0.60 9 5 16 15 [14]
July 2006 Joe Nathan (1) Minnesota Twins 9 0.75 9 4 19 12 [15]
August 2006 Francisco Rodríguez (1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 12 0.00 7 6 17 13+13 [16]
September 2006 Trevor Hoffman (2) San Diego Padres 10 1.50 7 4 13 12 [17]
April 2007 Francisco Cordero Milwaukee Brewers 10 0.00 2 7 19 11+13 [18]
May 2007 Trevor Hoffman (3) San Diego Padres 11 0.00 6 1 10 12+13 [19]
June 2007 J. J. Putz (1) Seattle Mariners 11 0.59 6 3 19 15+13 [20]
July 2007 Billy Wagner New York Mets 8 0.00 2 4 7 9 [21]
August 2007 Takashi Saito Los Angeles Dodgers 10 0.68 7 2 21 13+13 [22]
September 2007 Manny Corpas Colorado Rockies 8 2.30 13 2 5 15+23 [23]
April 2008 Mariano Rivera (1) New York Yankees 8 0.00 4 0 12 13 [24]
May 2008 B. J. Ryan Toronto Blue Jays 10 0.75 7 6 14 12 [25]
June 2008 Francisco Rodríguez (2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 11 1.59 5 5 12 11+13 [5]
July 2008 Joe Nathan (2) Minnesota Twins 7 0.82 3 5 12 11 [26]
August 2008 José Valverde Houston Astros 11 0.64 5 3 17 14 [27]
September 2008 Joakim Soria (1) Kansas City Royals 9 0.00 3 4 8 10+13 [28]
April 2009 Heath Bell San Diego Padres 8 0.00 4 2 9 8+23 [29]
May 2009 Trevor Hoffman (4) Milwaukee Brewers 11 0.00 4 1 11 12 [30]
June 2009 Joe Nathan (3) Minnesota Twins 11 0.00 4 1 18 11+23 [31]
July 2009 Mariano Rivera (2) New York Yankees 10 0.00 3 2 9 11+23 [32]
August 2009 Ryan Franklin St. Louis Cardinals 11 0.00 6 6 4 11 [33]
September 2009 Joakim Soria (2) Kansas City Royals 10 0.00 12 5 21 13+23 [34]
April 2010 Matt Capps Washington Nationals 10 0.68 12 6 15 13+13 [35]
May 2010 Rafael Soriano (1) Tampa Bay Rays 9 0.00 3 3 9 11+13 [36]
June 2010 Bobby Jenks (2) Chicago White Sox 10 0.75 7 1 14 12 [37]
July 2010 Rafael Soriano (2) Tampa Bay Rays 11 2.57 4 4 9 14 [38]
August 2010 Rafael Soriano (3) Tampa Bay Rays 10 0.82 4 2 10 10+23 [39]
September 2010 Carlos Mármol Chicago Cubs 13 0.00 2 10 25 14+23 [40]
April 2011 Huston Street Colorado Rockies 10 2.20 13 4 17 16+13 [41]
May 2011 J. J. Putz (2) Arizona Diamondbacks 11 0.00 5 4 10 13 [42]
June 2011 Joel Hanrahan Pittsburgh Pirates 9 0.71 5 3 11 12+23 [43]
July 2011 John Axford Milwaukee Brewers 11 2.57 13 3 16 14 [44]
August 2011 Craig Kimbrel (1) Atlanta Braves 10 0.00 6 4 23 12+23 [45]
September 2011 J. J. Putz (3) Arizona Diamondbacks 10 0.00 6 1 15 9+23 [46]
April 2012 Jonathan Papelbon (2) Philadelphia Phillies 8 0.90 6 3 10 10 [47]
May 2012 Jim Johnson Baltimore Orioles 9 1.42 7 0 8 12+23 [48]
June 2012 Tyler Clippard Washington Nationals 10 0.00 2 6 12 11+23 [49]
July 2012 Aroldis Chapman (1) Cincinnati Reds 13 0.00 6 2 31 14+13 [50]
August 2012 Aroldis Chapman (2) Cincinnati Reds 11 0.68 8 2 18 13+13 [51]
September 2012 Craig Kimbrel (2) Atlanta Braves 10 0.00 6 2 25 12+23 [52]
April 2013 Jason Grilli (1) Pittsburgh Pirates 10 0.82 5 4 17 11 [53]
May 2013 Jason Grilli (2) Pittsburgh Pirates 12 1.32 7 1 21 13+23 [54]
June 2013 Joe Nathan (4) Texas Rangers 11 0.63 6 3 15 14+13 [55]
July 2013 Greg Holland (1) Kansas City Royals 11 0.82 9 1 15 11 [56]
August 2013 Craig Kimbrel (3) Atlanta Braves 12 0.00 8 2 19 16+13 [57]
September 2013 Greg Holland (2) Kansas City Royals 11 0.60 7 4 20 15 [58]

See also

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