In an interesting move by Major League Baseball, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was named the co-AL Player of the Week along with outfielder Jermaine Dye of the White Sox.

The Great Rivera was honored due to his three saves in three chances, along with 0 runs allowed and 6 strikeouts.  His third save was his 500th career (you’d know that already, unless you live under a rock) and that same night Rivera achieved his first RBI, earning a walk while the bases were loaded in the ninth inning Sunday night.

This is only the second time in a storied career that Rivera has won AL Player of the Week.  The first time was in June 2008.

Dye was very impressive last week hitting .500 (12-24) with 3 homers and 6 RBI.  All six games were multi-hit games and he had 25 total bases.  This was the sixth time he has received this award.

Rivera should have won the award outright considering his acheivement, but its hard to snuff out Dye considering the great week he had.  I think MLB faced a tough decision, but did make the right decision.  Dye earned it with 6 great games; Rivera only earned it because of a career achievement.