Actually a giant night time in New York baseball.
The towering duo joined a number of of the sport’s prime stars in attendance Sunday night time because the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America held its 95th annual dinner.
Acquired by the Yankees in a December commerce with Miami, the 6-foot-6 Stanton was available to gather the Nationwide League Most Priceless Participant award after main the majors with 59 dwelling runs and 132 RBI final season.
“This has been an amazing ride and I’m excited to be here in New York and experience the big city, bright lights, and this is going to be a lot of fun for me,” mentioned the eight-year veteran, drawing loud applause.
Standing a smidge taller at 6-foot-7, Decide took dwelling his personal share of . The 25-year-old outfielder was chosen New York participant of the 12 months and likewise acquired the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the City award.
Stanton and Decide are anticipated to type a strong 1-2 punch within the Bronx for years, drawing comparisons to Mantle and Maris or Gehrig and Ruth.
“Not only is this going to be great for the Yankees and Yankee fans, it’s going to be tremendous for baseball,” mentioned broadcaster Bob Costas, the Ford C. Frick Award winner who introduced Decide with a trifecta of honors. “It’s one thing to be effective and to be excellent and it’s another thing to have a quality of myth and legend about you. Giancarlo already does and Aaron, in short order, already does.”
Decide additionally picked up his AL Rookie of the 12 months award, received unanimously by garnering all 30 first-place votes. Second within the majors behind Stanton with a rookie-record 52 homers, the hulking slugger completed with 114 RBI whereas main the AL in runs (128) and walks (127).
“An award like this is never an individual award. It’s always a group effort from the people that support us day in and day out,” Decide mentioned, acknowledging his mother and father within the crowd. “I could never repay you guys for all the baseball tournaments you’ve driven to, the times I forgot my cleats at home and (you) had to go back and get them, so thank you.”
“I feel extremely blessed,” the three-time batting champion mentioned. “I really need to thank my teammates, too. They were the ones that made me an MVP.”
Altuve and pitcher Justin Verlander shared the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP.
Carlos Correa was given the Joan Payson/Shannon Forde award for neighborhood service after the 23-year-old shortstop helped lead hurricane aid efforts in his native Puerto Rico.
“The hurricane hit and I didn’t know anything about my family. I couldn’t contact them,” Correa mentioned. “Seven days without talking to my family until I finally got the call. I don’t think I got one hit that week. I wasn’t able to focus on baseball.”
World Sequence MVP George Springer was the recipient of the Arthur and Milton Richman You Gotta Have Coronary heart award for overcoming a lifelong stutter and setting a optimistic instance for others coping with speech and communication issues.
The outfielder’s father, George Springer II, accepted the award whereas his son celebrated his honeymoon.
Indians ace Corey Kluber acknowledged a number of individuals when accepting his second AL Cy Younger Award, together with the person who introduced it to him — new Mets supervisor Mickey Callaway, who was Kluber’s pitching coach in Cleveland.
“I’d like to say a special thank you to Mickey,” Kluber mentioned. “I think we were able to do a lot of very special things together we should be proud of, and I know that the people in New York are going to be excited to get to know him a lot better now.”