Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Gary Carter to be honored at the BWAA awards dinner on Jan. 21


Hall of Famer Gary Carter, diagnosed in May with a malignant brain tumor, will be

honored by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at its annual dinner on Jan. 21.

Carter, who helped the New York Mets win the World Series in 1986, was voted the Milton and Arthur Richman You Gotta Have Heart award at the chapter’s annual meeting Monday.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who became the career saves leader this year with 603, will be given the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town award. Yankees trainer Gene Monahan, retiring after 49 seasons, will be presented the William J. Slocum and Jack Lang Long & Meritorious Service award.

Toronto’s Jose Bautista was voted Sid Mercer/Dick Young Player of the Year, and St. Louis’ David Freese gets the Babe Ruth Award for postseason MVP.

The 1962 expansion Mets, who set a major league record with 120 losses, will receive the Willie, Mickey & The Duke award, and Tommy Davis will get the Casey Stengel You Could Look It Up award on the 50th anniversary of his NL batting title.

Jose Reyes, who may be leaving the New York Mets as a free agent, will get the Ben Epstein/Dan Castellano Good Guy award, and Yankees reliever David Robertson will receive the Joan Payson Award for community service. Robertson’s foundation assisted with tornado relief efforts in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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