During today’s meeting, the New York chapter of the BBWAA voted on its annual awards which will be handed out at our awards dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the New York Hilton. Yankees Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson and Gene Monahan were among those chosen for the chapter’s awards.
William J. Slocum/Jack Lang Long and Meritorious Service
Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town
Joan Payson Award for community service
Milton & Arthur Richman You Gotta Have Heart
Sid Mercer/Dick Young Player of the Year
Babe Ruth Award for postseason MVP
Ben Epstein/Dan Castellano Good Guy
Casey Stengel You Could Look It Up
Willie, Mickey & The Duke (given to a group forever connected in the game)
• Speaking of Robertson and community service: He and his wife Erin were in New York this weekend to support cancer awareness during the marathon. He spoke to Ed Coleman on WFAN and talked about his offseason plans.
“I’m just going to start training and try to stay on the same path that I did last year,” Robertson said. “Do a lot of cardio and try to get body as strong as I can and basically get ready for that long stretch that’s coming up. If I can keep it going and hopefully come out in spring training and feel just as good as I did at the end of last season, I’ll be happy.”
• In the past two days or so, Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes became one of the most discussed international prospects on the market. Kevin Goldstein wrote a scouting report that doubled as a review of Cespedes’ unusual scouting video, and Jeff Passan reported that Cespedes is expected to be cleared for free agency soon.
• In the coming days and weeks, Brian Cashman is going to be checking in with a lot of agents and general managers. The New York Post today reported that Cashman talked to the agent for Edwin Jackson, who’s one of the rotation options on the market.
• Another nice story out of Taiwan for Jack Curry, who wrote about the relationship between Robinson Cano and his father during the exhibition series.
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