Big Papi did win an MVP award after all.
David Ortiz has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Thomas A. Yawkey Award as the Red Sox Most Valuable Player, it was announced today by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
According to the news release, Ortiz will receive his award at the 68th Boston BBWAA Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. Tickets are now available for the dinner.
It is the third consecutive season that Ortiz has been selected as the Red Sox MVP, joining Mo Vaughn (4, 1993-96) and Roger Clemens (3, 1990-92) as the only players to receive the Yawkey Award in as many as three straight years. Ortiz’ three overall MVP awards match Pedro Martinez for the sixth most ever by a Boston player. Carl Yastrzemski was a six-time recipient, and Clemens, Dwight Evans, Vaughn, and Ted Williams each earned four Yawkey Awards.
Ortiz had another outstanding season in 2006, leading the American League with 54 home runs, a club record; 137 RBI, 355 total bases, and 119 walks. He ranked second in the A.L. with 85 extra base hits and a .636 slugging percentage while batting .287 in 151 total games.
The lefthanded slugger established a major league record with 47 home runs as a designated hitter and tied the A.L. mark with 32 home runs on the road. He started at first base for the American League in the All-Star Game and was the league’s Player of the Month in July, when he tied the club record for homers in any month at 14.
The Boston BBWAA Awards Dinner will honor a number of baseball personalities from the Red Sox and Major League Baseball, including Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox Pitcher, Rookie, and Fireman of the Year) and Mike Lowell (Jackie Jensen Award). Other award recipients will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Several members of the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox will be on hand as the Chapter recognizes the 40th anniversary of that special season in Boston baseball history.
In addition to the baseball personalities to be honored at the Dinner, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame will conduct a silent auction with Boston sports memorabilia during the pre-dinner reception and will be raffling off a special memorabilia item.