Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Durham's Canzler wins IL most valuable player

Durham third baseman Russ Canzler has been named the International League's most valuable player, marking the fifth time in 14 years a Bull has won the award.

Canzler has a .312 average, 18 home runs and 79 RBIs through Monday. The 25-year-old, who is in his first Triple-A season, joins Dan Johnson (2010), Kevin Witt (2006), Toby Hall (2001) and Steve Cox (1999) on Durham's IL MVP list.

"It’s definitely a little overwhelming," Canzler said in a release. "It’s one of those things you don’t imagine happening for yourself. I was fortunate enough to play with a good group of guys the entire year and stay healthy and it’s a real tribute to this organization to have the league MVP for two years in a row."

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