Fans say Sauls is team MVP
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November 21, 2007 - Outfielder Matt Sauls was the RiverHawks' Most Valuable Player, according to fans.

In recent online voting, the former Florida State Seminole received nearly 43 percent of the vote. Sauls, a three-year member of the club, hit a career-best .318, tied for ninth in the Frontier League, with seven home runs and 44 RBI, also a career high. In addition, he stole 14 bases in 19 tries.

Sauls capped the season by hitting a walkoff single to beat Kalamazoo, 2-1, in the nightcap of a season-ending doubleheader on Sept. 2. The win sent Rockford to the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

The poll itself turned out to be the most popular in the history of RockfordRiverHawks.com. Sauls received 330 of a record 769 total votes.

Jason James, the only RiverHawk on the end-of-season all-star team, received 210 votes (27 percent). Tanner Watson, who broke the team's single-season and career wins records this season, took third in the voting (121 votes, 16 percent). All other candidates received less than 6 percent of the vote.


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