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.