08/23/11 10:06 PM ET
Hundley's honor surprisingly rare
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
Padres catcher Nick Hundley is living proof that's not always the case.
Hundley, who was named National League Player of the Week (with Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman), won his first such honor since his days in Fort Wayne in the Midwest League. That was five years ago.
"It's definitely an honor and exciting to say I had a good week and was recognized for it," Hundley said before the Padres opened a two-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. "At the same time you can't make too big a deal out of it. There's still plenty of baseball left."
Hundley said he never earned a Player of the Week honor in high school or college.
Guzman making splash with Padres
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesus Guzman is making the most of his second chance in the Major Leagues.
He entered Tuesday night's game with a team-best .338 batting average and has driven in 29 runs since the All-Star break.
"It's hard to predict anyone's future but to his credit he's played great," Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday. "He deserves to play based on performance."
Guzman has hit safely in 35 of his 48 games with an at-bat since being called up June 16.
Guzman made a brief appearance in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants in 2009, getting into 12 games. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Fresno, where he hit .321 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs.
"He's played a lot of pro ball," Black said. "He's still young and he continued to work on his skills."
The 27-year-old Guzman has played first base, left field and right field with the Padres.
Black a big fan of baseball movies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Place Padres manager Bud Black in the "yes" column when it comes to "Moneyball," the baseball movie featuring Oakland A's (and San Diego native) general manager Billy Beane, as played by Brad Pitt.
"I'll buy a ticket," said Black. "I'm a fan of baseball movies."
The movie will open in September.
Black said he's enjoyed most baseball movies made, including "Rookie of the Year," "The Rookie," "Bang the Drum Slowly" and "The Pride of the Yankees."
"Those are good stories," said Black, who once ran into Angelina Jolie at a Hollywood restaurant when he was with the Los Angeles Angels as their pitching coach.
"I was with my niece and she had to nudge me to tell me it was Angelina Jolie," Black said. "I didn't recognize her. Right after that, a big car drives up and out comes three of the Wayan brothers. Timing is everything."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.