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Tanaka named top rookie in Yankees camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masuhiro Tanaka

The writers actually voted for this year’s Dawson Award even before Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 last night (if he hadn’t already won, I suspect we might have re-voted in the wake of that performance). It was basically a race between Tanaka and Yangervis Solarte, with Zoilo Almonte, Adonis Garcia and Dellin Betances also deserving some consideration. The history of the Dawson Award is kind of a mixed bag — some future elite players, some guys who never made the big leagues — but Tanaka seems like a strong choice, if only because of the way he handled himself this spring. There’s also the fact he pitched to a 2.14 ERA with 26 strikeouts and only three walks. Here’s the official Dawson announcement from the Yankees, along with a list of all the past winners.

Joe Girardi, Masahiro TanakaThe New York Yankees today announced that right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is the recipient of the 2014 James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the outstanding Yankees rookie in spring training. Tanaka received the award in a pre-game ceremony today, prior to the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Tanaka, 25, went 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA (21.0IP, 5ER) in five appearances (three starts) this spring and led the team with 26 strikeouts, while walking only three batters (15H). In 2013, he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA (212.0IP, 30ER, 183K) in 28 appearances (27 starts) with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan. Tanaka was signed by the Yankees via the posting system from the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan and signed a seven-year contact on January 22, 2014.

The award was established in honor of James P. Dawson (1896-1953), who began a 45-year career with The New York Times as a copy boy in 1908. Eight years later, he became boxing editor and covered boxing and baseball until his death during spring training in 1953.

Two winners of the honor, Tony Kubek in 1957 and Tom Tresh in 1962, went on to win the American League “Rookie of the Year” Award. The award first was presented to rookie Norm Siebern by Manager Casey Stengel in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the conclusion of spring training in 1956. New York Yankees beat writers vote on the winner.

In conjunction with the award, Tanaka will receive a watch from Betteridge Jewelers.

James P. Dawson Award winners:

· 1956…Norm Siebern OF
· 1957…Tony Kubek SS
· 1958…John Blanchard C
· 1959…Gordon Windhorn OF
· 1960… John James P
· 1961…Rollie Sheldon P
· 1962…Tom Tresh SS
· 1963…Pedro Gonzalez 2B
· 1964…Pete Mikkelsen P
· 1965…Arturo Lopez OF
· 1966…Roy White OF
· 1967…Bill Robinson OF
· 1968…Mike Ferraro 3B
· 1969…Jerry Kenney OF/ Bill Burbach P
· 1970…John Ellis 1B/C
· 1971…None Selected
· 1972…Rusty Torres OF
· 1973…Otto Velez OF
· 1974…Tom Buskey P
· 1975…Tippy Martinez P
· 1976…Willie Randolph 2B
· 1977…George Zeber INF
· 1978…Jim Beattie P
· 1979…Paul Mirabella P
· 1980…Mike Griffin P
· 1981…Gene Nelson P
· 1982…Andre Robertson SS
· 1983…Don Mattingly 1B
· 1984…Jose Rijo P
· 1985…Scott Bradley C
· 1986…Bob Tewksbury P
· 1987…Keith Hughes OF
· 1988…Al Leiter P
· 1989…None Selected
· 1990…Alan Mills P
· 1991…Hensley Meulens OF
· 1992…Gerald Williams OF
· 1993…Mike Humphreys OF
· 1994…Sterling Hitchcock P
· 1995…None Selected
· 1996…Mark Hutton P
· 1997…Jorge Posada C
· 1998…Homer Bush INF
· 1999…None Selected
· 2000…None Selected
· 2001…Alfonso Soriano 2B
· 2002…Nick Johnson 1B
· 2003…Hideki Matsui OF
· 2004…Bubba Crosby OF
· 2005…Andy Phillips INF
· 2006…Eric Duncan INF
· 2007…Kei Igawa P
· 2008…Shelley Duncan INF/OF
· 2009…Brett Gardner OF
· 2010…Jon Weber OF
· 2011…Manny Banuelos P
· 2012…David Phelps P
· 2013…Vidal Nuno P
· 2014…Masahiro Tanaka P

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70 Responses to “Tanaka named top rookie in Yankees camp”

  1. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Tar,
    First of all, I’m not nick. We share some opinions, so what?
    Second, what kills the blog is repetition and negativity.
    Third, I’m too old to worry about flattering myself.
    Fourth, I claim no superior foreknowledge about how any particular young man will do in the bigs. If I did, I’d have a job doing it..
    Fifth, I don’t hate anyone, player, FO guy, MLB or MLBPA. They’re all doing it to make millions, and to entertain me, which they do.
    Got a beef with that?

  2. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This kid has “star” written all over him.

    :)

  3. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Watched the movie “Gravity” tonight.

    I thought it was awful.

    Great antidote for insomnia if you have trouble sleeping.

  4. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I think the solution here is to put gilles villeneuve in a very fast car.

  5. Ys Guy March 29th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    mtu, i saw it in a 3d theater, the effects were great that way. i knew the movie itself would be awful and it didnt dissappoint.

  6. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    jmills,
    Why doesn’t Gilles try NASCAR?

  7. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Jackie Stewart did, back in the day.

  8. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    tom, gilles is gone from us :( you or any body else can watch it. Beautiful driver!

  9. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Y’s-

    It was incredibly slow moving is all I can say.

    The director must have been on qualudes or something.

  10. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QWYIgr0GU7U#

    One of my faves.

  11. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    jmills,
    I meant the son, if he’s still with us.

  12. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Looks like LA is finally going to get the big one.

    Kind of scary.

    Hope they are wrong.

  13. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    MTU,
    Maybe you’ll have beachfront property.

  14. Ys Guy March 29th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    so i ‘ll be sleeping in my bed in about an hour then i wake up and work till sundown….
    THEN IT’S BASEBALL SEASON!!!

    Dodgers v Padres tomorrow night, a triple header on Monday (since I’m off) and then Yankees Opening Day Tuesday!

    Baseball is back, FINALLY!

  15. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Tom-

    That might be the good part.

    The bad part is that we have Family living in So Cal.

    :(

  16. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Time to part company for tonight.

    Hope the night crew can keep the fires burning.

    See you all for the Breakfast club.

    :)

  17. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    tom. Earnhardt junior is still out there, so says my friend who hates jacques! :)

  18. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Night, MTU. See ya around.

  19. Ys Guy March 29th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    “And more are expected, USGS Geophysicist Doug Given said.

    “We anticipate there will be a few more,” he said.

    “This is fairly typical aftershock activity for an event this size,” Given said. “This is maybe a little on the energetic side.”

    Over the next seven days, “We have been saying there is about a 5 percent chance of a larger earthquake to come,” he said. “But that chance is front-loaded.”

    As time passes, large aftershocks become increasingly less likely to occur, he explained. “That likelihood is decaying very rapidly.”

  20. Your Name Here March 29th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    · 2004…Bubba Crosby OF · 2005…Andy Phillips INF · 2006…Eric Duncan INF · 2007…Kei Igawa P · 2008…Shelley Duncan INF/OF · 2009…Brett Gardner OF · 2010…Jon Weber OF · 2011…Manny Banuelos P · 2012…David Phelps P · 2013…Vidal Nuno P

    that’s some lost to follow….

  21. Your Name Here March 29th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    *list

  22. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    jmills,
    I know Earnhardt, Jr. is here and driving well. Is Jaques doing that?

  23. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    tom, at the moment I don’t know what jacques villeneuve is doing :D

  24. tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Night, all.

  25. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    tom, I think people in NASCAR should be far nicer to jacques. F1 and Indy!

  26. RhapsodyInBlue March 29th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Mick, I can still remember those summer night dances outdoors at St Clare’s Church dancing with my sweetheart to Don’t Worry Baby.

  27. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    R.I.B., I guess you were lucky. I can’t complain here as Journey, Rush, and the Police, were more than were so as needed.

  28. RhapsodyInBlue March 29th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Tom, I’m going out Tuesday I’ll try to take some MTU like pictures of stream side updates as they happen. Trout packed in snow.

    Creel count so forth. Maybe I can fit it in here on opening day between all the Yankee fan infighting.

    You guys are too funny.

  29. RhapsodyInBlue March 29th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    jmills

    Whatever the music who can ever forget their first love?

  30. RhapsodyInBlue March 29th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I mean besides baseball.

  31. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    R.I.B., I got trounced first time out.

  32. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TCk6bOr2PfA#

    I like the above Alice song.

  33. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 16m
    Based on the prelim roster I saw, seems like Charleston’s rotation will feature: Severino, Davis, Cote, Lail, Gallegos #yankees

  34. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    yf, how r u? McGowan!

  35. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Jmills, tired. Worked all day. How are you? Still waiting to get your Fisher Cats roster. Sanchez on Thursday or bust.

  36. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lP94PlEtsEQ#

    The best song the Hollies ever did.

  37. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    yf, so glad you’re well. Sanchez double A for sure :)

  38. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    jmills, thanks so much. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Yes, Sanchez will definitely be at AA, and should be on sched to pitch Thursday. Looking like a cool but clear night (fingers crossed).

  39. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    yf, I’m goofy over, Dustin McGowan.

  40. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    “A year has passed since I wrote my note ”

    Must admit, the Police were and are, one killer band.

  41. RhapsodyInBlue March 29th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Good bye Arizona.

  42. Ys Guy March 29th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    eric karabel:
    “New York Yankees: When you’re watching TV and some baseball analyst confidently but erroneously tells you David Robertson cannot be a great closer “because he’s never done it before,” turn to your significant other and remark that “it’s just not true.” Because I do that. What ridiculousness. Projection: Robertson is a top-10 closer, ending up with 39 saves and 94 strikeouts.”

  43. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I’m a huge Police fan. Andy Summers, Gordon Sumner! Stuart Copeland!

  44. Tar March 29th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    What a great game that was.

    Tom I answered you in the previous thread.

  45. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    ” Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon. We could be forever, walking on the moon, walking back from your house.. “

  46. NYY fan in NH March 29th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I believe Tanaka is the real deal. He still can get better once he settles in.

  47. yankinvegas March 29th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Anybody who thinks that DRob won’t be an elite closer is an idiot. He has the stuff, the guile, the guts and the motivation. He is playing for a long term deal.
    The only pitfalls that I see with this team are that 2B and 3B COULD be a problem. I think that Tex will be fine, but we will need to be patient and give him time to chip off the rust and get his confidence back.
    As fo SS, I believe that the baseball gods will not permit Jeter to go out on anything but a high note, just like Mo last year. The difference is that this season the team will kick ass and take names on our way to an AL East title.

  48. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    R.I.B. – you don’t forget, you just learn to carry on. Personally, I’m peeved that they are giving kids in grade school, calculators!

  49. pat March 30th, 2014 at 12:02 am

    “The Yankees’ ticket and luxury box revenue declined nearly 21 percent last season from the year before, which the team attributes to missing the playoffs for the first time in five years and injuries to star players.

    The Yankees reported $278.8 million in ticket and luxury box revenue for the 2013 season, according to the team’s latest financial filing, down from $352.9 million the year before.”

  50. Jerkface March 30th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Its almost like spending 20-30 million dollars more on payroll might be wiser than saving it…

  51. ac1 March 30th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    When you’re watching TV and some baseball analyst confidently but erroneously tells you David Robertson cannot be a great closer “because he’s never done it before,” turn to your significant other and remark that “it’s just not true.” Because I do that. What ridiculousness. Projection: Robertson is a top-10 closer, ending up with 39 saves and 94 strikeouts
    ——

    No one is a great closer until they get the chance to be.
    What a dumb comment…

  52. SweetSpot March 30th, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I don’t think Tanaka was much of a gamble. He was watched closely by MLB scouts every game and his video was studied intently. His split is a great MLB caliber out pitch, that was known, along with his other mound and personality skills. I think he’s going to be even better than advertised.

  53. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 1:53 am

    The biggest gamble with Japanese pitchers is how long they last because of the abuse (IP). Daisuke pitched 2 years, not great but OK, before injuries haunted him the rest of the way. Iwakuma and Darvish have both pitched 2 MLB seasons and both are starting the season on the DL.

    I like what I have seen of Tanaka thus far, but lets see him face a couple of AL East teams for real. Its interesting that the rotations alignment has him missing the Red Sox in both series in April. Not sure this is coincidence or not.

  54. Jerkface March 30th, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Iwakuma and Darvish have both pitched 2 MLB seasons and both are starting the season on the DL.

    Darvish’s injury is a stiff neck, which is just something he has had to deal with and Iwakuma sprained his finger. Not quite injuries of abuse.

  55. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 2:06 am

    “yankinvegas March 29th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Anybody who thinks that DRob won’t be an elite closer is an idiot. ”
    ========================

    Maybe I am an idiot but I have to see him doing it first. The last 3 outs are a different animal, hitters are much tougher outs knowing the teams back is against the wall. When D-Rob got in a jam in the 8th he had Mo come in to bail him out by pitching more than 1 inning. Nobody to bail D-Rob out in the 9th now.

    He had a chance to be the man in 2012 but he blew 3 of 4 SVO and gave up 6 runs in 3 innings. He was not 100% though physically.

    I like his stuff to be an elite closer but lets see what happens.

  56. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Jerkface March 30th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    “Its almost like spending 20-30 million dollars more on payroll might be wiser than saving it…”

    Sounds like the incremental value of a win for the Yankees is about 10 million a win.

  57. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 2:11 am

    “Darvish’s injury is a stiff neck, which is just something he has had to deal with and Iwakuma sprained his finger. Not quite injuries of abuse.”

    I will give you Iwakuma but not willing to say Darvish neck is unrelated to pitching

  58. Jerkface March 30th, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I will give you Iwakuma but not willing to say Darvish neck is unrelated to pitching

    Is he pitching in his sleep? It could be related to his pitching, but it wouldnt be an injury of abuse. Shoulders and elbows blow out, but no one blows out a neck.

  59. yankinvegas March 30th, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Just got back from picking my wife up at work on the strip & stopping for a couple of beers and I read Lupica’s Sunday column in the DN.
    The man makes me I’ll. Besides mixing his political views into a sports column, he went crazy AGAIN about the money the Yankees spent this offseason.
    He is so biased it is not even funny anymore. To compare the amount of money we spent on Ellsbury with what the Angels gave Trout is stupid. One was a free agent, on the competitive market and the other is a player under team control for 4 more seasons.
    Also the obligatory shots at our farm system. Four of our relievers, two starters (if you count Pineda), the backup catcher. That is more than many teams and we will see more in the coming seasons.
    The simple truth is that the fan base and the media were pissed off about an 85 win season last year. Imagine what a couple of seasons like the Mets have had for the past 5 would bring

  60. yankinvegas March 30th, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I meant he makes me Sick.

  61. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I have absolutely no problem with Yankee money spent, in fact, I’m jealous. I don’t want some kind of hard cap like they have in hockey. As far as I’m concerned, the Leafs should be going to Pittsburgh and buying up all of Prufrock’s Sid the kid’s precious players :D

  62. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Is Gregorious basically a young Brendan Ryan?

    DBacks are probably going to trade him and need a prospect or young right handed catcher.

    I just am not all that excited by Gregorious but I don’t know him too well. Not even sure I’d package Cervelli, Nunez, Warren, another piece for him.

  63. mick March 30th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    tomingeorgia March 29th, 2014 at 9:21 pm REPOST

    Tar,
    First of all, I’m not nick. We share some opinions, so what?
    ====================================
    Did he have something to say that had to be deleted again?

  64. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Do you mean Tom’s unprovoked attack towards J Alfred at 7:05 yesterday?

    Yeah apparently it was deleted.

    Or did you know that and are just trying to cause trouble on this beautiful new day?

  65. austinmac March 30th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Okay people, it’s a new day and season. Let’s enjoy the day and the new season hopes. Fighting is not required. Debates welcome.

  66. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    austinmac, I hopelessly concur. Go Ryan Goins!

  67. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I’m a big Otto Velez fan.

  68. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Cripes, I remember when Al Leiter came this way. Granted, he won a game vs the Braves avec Ed Sprague.

  69. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Tippy Martinez was a tricky pithcer. I remember getting picked off first three times in a row in Baltimore, …late innings.

  70. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    *pitcher* ( like Sir David Stieb – hof )

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