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Valentine in New York for BBWAA dinner

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 21, 2012 04:08 PM

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NEW YORK Greetings from snowy Manhattan, where the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America is holding its annual dinner tonight.

There will be 1,200 or so people at the event along with nearly all of the major award winners (MVP, Cy Young, etc) and representatives of the Yankees and Mets.

Bobby Valentine will be on hand, too. It will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets from the crowd.

The indefatigable Valentine made an appearance at a coaches convention at Mohegan Sun last night. He did a Q&A with Joe Castiglione and was asked about some Red Sox pitchers drinking beer and eating fast-food chicken in the clubhouse last season.

"We've got to go to draft beer and grilled chicken, I think," Valentine said, laughing. "If that happened it's inexcusable. I apologize for that. The apologies are out there and it will never happen on my watch."

Old friend Vicky Fulkerson of The Day covered the event and you should read her story for more.

A few notes for you:

National League MVP Ryan Braun is in New York and will accept his award. Braun is appealing a positive drug test and has claimed innocence. He will not be taking questions from reporters tonight but will have a chance to address the crowd.

Oakland is reportedly very interested in signing Manny Ramirez as its DH. He would have to serve a 50-game suspension at the start of the season.

The Rockies are now pursuing Justin Turner of the Mets to play second base. Their interest in Marco Scutaro has cooled.

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