Lucchino, Joyce, Washington feted by Boston BBWAA
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, who guided the
ballclub through two World Series championships and the renovation
of Fenway Park, was honored Thursday by the Boston baseball writers
with the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service to
The award has been given since 1959 to recipients such as Hank
Aaron, Marvin Miller and Ernie Harwell by Boston chapter of the
Baseball Writers of America. It was presented to Lucchino, who also
ran the Orioles and Padres, at the chapter’s annual dinner in front
of a crowd of more than 600.
Lucchino noted that he had much in common with Fuchs, a lawyer
who became a baseball executive. But the former Boston Braves owner
also managed the team in 1929.
”So,” Lucchino said to Red Sox manager Terry Francona,
”perhaps you should watch your back this season if ever you see me
trying on a uniform.”
The Boston BBWAA named its New England player of the year award
after former Pawtucket Red Sox owner Ben Mondor, who died in
October. It was given to Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano.
Others honored included:
-Umpire Jim Joyce, who was given a special achievement award for
his ”candor and courage” in admitting he blew the call on what
should have been the final out of Tigers’ pitcher Armando
Galarraga’s perfect game.
-Tampa Bay right-hander Joaquin Benoit, who returned from a torn
right rotator cuff, won the 21st annual Tony Conigliaro Award for
-Ron Washington of the Rangers was the chapter’s manager of the
year after leading Texas to the first World Series appearance in
-Brian Sabean of the San Francisco Giants was the chapter’s 2010
Executive of the Year. A New Hampshire native, Sabean assembled the
team’s first world championship since 1954. He was also won the
chapter’s executive of the year award in 1997.
-Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was the winner of the Boston
BBWAA’s Ted Williams Award as baseball’s top hitter for the second
time in three seasons. He hit .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs
while leading the Rangers to the World Series.
-Adrian Beltre earned the Thomas A. Yawkey Award as Boston’s
most valuable player. He led the Red Sox with a .321 average, 49
doubles and 102 RBIs while also hitting 28 homers and making his
first career All-Star game.
Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald, who won the Jackie Jensen
Hustle award, noted that he was signed to his first pro contract by
John Green, the Los Angeles Dodgers scout whose 9-year-old
daughter, Christina, was killed in the Tucson shooting rampage that
left six dead and 13 more injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle
”I just ask that you have their family and all of the victims
in your prayers,” McDonald said.