Alex Rodriguez and David Wright were named as additional winners of the Thurman Munson Award.
They will join Melky Cabrera of the Yankees, former Astros star Craig Biggio, Knicks guards Jamal Crawford and gold medal skater Kristy Yamaguchi at the 28th annual awards dinner on Feb. 5 at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
The dinner is a fundraiser for the AHRC New York City Foundation. Call (212) 249-6188 for information.
On Wednesday, I blogged about a rookie orientation program that the Red Sox run for their players and wondered why the Yankees didn’t do the same sort of thing.
I learned a little more about the program today. The players stayed with host families in the area for a few days. The program included a meeting with Terry Francona, a media-relations seminar from Peter Gammons (who else?) and a motivational talk from UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun.
The idea is to get the top prospects familiar with Boston and the expectations before they get called up. The Red Sox modeled their program after one Cleveland developed.
Again, why don’t the Yankees do this? I know from talking to young players that New York can be overwhelming when they first get called up. The Yankees would be wise to develop their own winter program.