BBWAA to hand out hardware at annual dinner
Stanton, Altuve, Olerud among honorees to be recognized at NY event
Each January, the baseball world gathers the best of the best in midtown Manhattan for the annual New York BBWAA Awards Dinner, putting a bow on the 2017 season while getting pumped up for the start of Spring Training.
This time around, the event will not only serve as a chance to recognize those that excelled in 2017, but it will also feature what will likely be the first time Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge appear together in New York.
Is that enough to get you excited for 2018?
The Baseball Writers' Association of America will present its eight major awards at the 95th edition of the dinner, which will be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
Stanton, the National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, will join Jose Altuve of the Astros, who won the American League MVP Award before leading Houston to its first World Series title during a memorable postseason run.
Max Scherzer of the Nationals and Indians ace Corey Kluber will be on hand to pick up the Cy Young Awards, the third for Scherzer since 2013 and second for Kluber since '14.
Judge, who finished second to Altuve in MVP voting, will pick up his AL Rookie of the Year Award, which he won unanimously. The NL's top rookie, Cody Bellinger, who also won the award in a unanimous vote, will be at the dinner to receive his hardware.
Twins manager Paul Molitor and D-backs manager Torey Lovullo, this year's Manager of the Year Award winners in the AL and NL, respectively, will be in New York for the celebration.
In addition to the BBWAA's eight national awards, the New York chapter will present nine of its own awards at the event, as well. Judge will be recognized as both the Sid Mercer-Dick Young New York Player of the Year Award and with the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town Award, while Carsten Sabathia will be honored with the Ben Epstein-Dan Castellano Good Guy Award.
Houston's big year means some other honors for Astros players: Carlos Correa will receive the Joan Payson-Shannon Forde Humanitarian Award, presented annually for community service work. George Springer will be honored with the Arthur and Milton Richman You Gotta Have Heart Award, while Altuve and Justin Verlander were voted co-winners of the Babe Ruth Award, presented annually to the most outstanding performer for the entire postseason.
The 1998 Yankees, who won 114 games in the regular season before making a run to a World Series championship, will be honored with the Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award.
John Olerud, who played for the Blue Jays, Mariners, Yankees, Mets and Red Sox during his 17-year career, will receive the Casey Stengel You Could Look it Up Award in honor of his .354 average in 1998, the highest by a Mets player in history.
Katy Feeney, the late MLB executive who passed away earlier this year, will be recognized as the winner of the William J. Slocum-Jack Lang Award for Long and Meritorious Service.
Tickets to the event -- which includes a copy of the annual "Scorebook" program -- are $275 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the New York BBWAA chapter's official site.