Rockies’ Cuddyer wins NL batting title

Published: September 30, 2013, 10:45 am, by Joe Paisley

From the AP …

Michael Cuddyer ended a losing season with the Colorado Rockies in a personally satisfying way.

The right fielder won the NL batting title on Sunday, when the Rockies closed out their season with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado finished last in the NL West with a 74-88 record.

Cuddyer went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts and finished with a .331 batting average to win the batting title by 10 points over Atlanta’s Chris Johnson, who was held out Sunday to rest his right shoulder.

“It was nothing that I ever expected and I really can’t wrap my head around it yet,” Cuddyer said. “It just goes to show that no matter what time you’re at in your career, something like this can happen if you continue to work hard.”

The 34-year-old outfielder had never hit better than .285 before this season.

Cuddyer became the sixth Rockies player to lead the NL in batting, joining Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, newly retired Todd Helton, Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez. Cuddyer had 20 home runs, 31 doubles and 84 RBI this season.