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Volume 4 December, 2011

Navajo Jacoby Ellsbury Finishes 2nd in American League MVP Contest
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Massachusetts: Jacoby Ellsbury is the first Navajo baseball player to reach Major League Baseball.  This year, the Red Sox centerfielder nearly won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award. Jacoby finished second to pitcher Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.  Verlander won with 280 total points. Ellsbury was second with 242 points.

Ellsbury's strong statistics earned him his second place spot. His stats:

.321 batting average 32 home runs  39 stolen bases  made 0 errors

Ellsbury was a star baseball player at Oregon State University when the Red Sox drafted him. Drafted by the Red Sox after being a , Ellsbury made it to the major leagues in 2007. The next year, he led the American League in stolen bases, In 2009, he led all of Major League Baseball in stolen bases.

A "New York Times" described the Boston Red Sox centerfielder as a "cult hero" who brings "speed, improved defense, and unbridled enthusiasm."

Ellsbury was born and raised in Madras, Oregon and is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribe. He is also ambassador for Nike7,  a program that brings sports and its benefits to American Indian and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada.

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