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"Surprised [to win the award] at first," Forsythe said. "It's a big honor. ... I just thank my teammates for motivating me. They kept me going out there every day, playing for them. So it's a great honor and I'm happy to have it."
Karns followed 2014 winner Jake Odorizzi.
"To be nominated and voted to be, in people's eyes, to be the lead runner among the rookies coming into the season was not even on my radar," Karns said. "You have to understand where I was coming from at the beginning of the year. 'Just try to make the team.'"
The Paul C. Smith Champion Award is presented to the Rays player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field. The award is named for Paul C. Smith, who covered Tampa Bay for MLB.com until his death on Feb. 26, 2005.
Archer followed last year's winner, Evan Longoria.
"It's a special honor," Archer said. "That's one of the biggest compliments you can get, people noticing what you do outside of physically on the mound. It meant a lot and I'm very appreciative of everybody who was involved in that selection."
The announcement of the winners took place at a luncheon on Friday, and the players were formally presented their awards by chapter chairman Marc Topkin prior to the Rays' game against the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.