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Molina to be among honorees at writers' dinner

ST. LOUIS -- The annual St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 20 at the downtown Millennium Hotel, will honor several members of the 2012 Cardinals that advanced to the National League Championship Series for a second straight season.

Highlighting the evening will be the writers' presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year award to Yadier Molina, who was at the center of the Cardinals' success last season. Molina, who recently finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player race, will also be presented with his Gold Glove Award at the dinner.

Several other awards will also be presented, including the Darryl Kile Award, which honors the player who best epitomizes being "a good teammate, a great friend, a fine father and a humble man." The winner is selected by his teammates for the award that was established to honor Kile, who passed away in 2002.

Adam Wainwright (Bob Bauman Physical Comeback Award) and Matt Carpenter (Rookie of the Year) are among several other players to be recognized.

The St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner falls during the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up event and is one of only three such dinners in the country. Tickets for the dinner cost $125 and can be purchased by sending a check or money order to the following address: St. Louis BBWAA, P.O. Box 605, St. Louis, Mo., 63188.

Fans wanting to purchase tickets to both the Writers' Dinner and Winter Warm-Up can do so at a discounted price of $150. That represents a $15 savings over purchasing the two tickets separately.

St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright