Gardner takes home 2009 Dawson Award


Via PeteAbe, new center fielder Brett Gardner was named this year’s winner of the James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the most outstanding rookie in Yankees’ Spring Training camp. He’ll be honored before tomorrow’s game against the Phillies, the Yanks’ final game in Florida of the preseason. Let’s hope things go better for Gardner than they have for the previous winners, which includes Shelley Duncan, Kei Igawa, Eric Duncan and Bubba Crosby.

Update by Ben: While we’re on the subject of Spring Training awards, MLB announced today that the Yankees along with the Astros have captured the Bobby Murcer Award. The Yanks earned these honors by donating the most money in the A.L. to the Baseball Assistance team, an organization devoted to ensuring the financial security of former baseball players and coaches. B.A.T. raised $1.5 million this spring, an increase of nearly seven percent over last year. For more on B.A.T., check out its website.

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  1. A.D. says:

    Nick Johnson was also a former winner.

    Congrats to Brett

  2. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    They give out awards for games that don’t count?


    Dude was a beast even if he sucked. I wish he still had a job in the majors.

  4. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    Previous winners include Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, Al Leiter, Jorge Posada, Alphonso Soriano and tommiesmithjohncarlos himself, Gerald Williams.


  5. Tom Zig says:

    Looking at previous award winners, someone might say that you don’t want to win that award.

    What is bubba up to these days anyways?

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