Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suns Manager, Pitcher Honored; Shoemaker, Lundberg Win League's Top Individual Awards

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suns Manager, Pitcher Honored; Shoemaker, Lundberg Win League's Top Individual Awards

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

Jacksonville Suns manager John Shoemaker and Suns pitcher Spike Lundberg were honored as the best at their position in the Southern League for the 2006 season in voting by league managers, broadcasters and print media.

Shoemaker led the Suns to the first-half title and a berth in the league playoffs that will begin next week. The Suns won 15 consecutive games earlier this season, falling one short of matching the league record of 16 victories in a row set by Montgomery in 1968.

Shoemaker, who was the league's manager of the year in 2001, when he led the Suns to a share of the league title, is the only manager in Southern League history to win the award twice.

Lundberg has been a solid starter for the Suns this year with a 14-2 record and a league-leading 2.36 ERA. The 29-year-old right-hander had an 11-game winning streak from May 1 through Aug. 16 and allowed one or fewer runs in 14 of his 23 starts. Opposing hitters have managed a . …

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