Papelbon to pick up three awards

Papelbon to pick up three BBWAA awards

BOSTON -- For four months, he was a leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year and Fireman of the Year, two of baseball's major awards.

And while fatigue and a September shoulder injury brought a disappointing end to his season, Boston writers have recognized Jonathan Papelbon for his record-setting campaign.

The Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Wednesday that the flame-throwing closer would be the recipient of three formal Red Sox awards for 2006: Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Fireman of the Year. The honors are selected each year in voting by chapter members.

Papelbon will receive his awards 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.

Papelbon, who was 4-2 with a 0.92 ERA and 35 saves in 59 appearances, becomes the first full-time reliever to win Red Sox Pitcher of the Year honors since Bob Stanley in 1983. Papelbon also is the first pitcher to win the club's rookie honor since Casey Fossum in 2002 and the first full-time reliever to earn that honor since Dick Radatz in 1962.

The right-hander is just the third rookie to record as many as 35 saves in a season while posting the third-lowest ERA for a first-year pitcher [with 50 or more innings]. He was just the second Boston rookie pitcher to be selected for the American League All-Star Team. The AL April Rookie of the Month converted his first 20 save opportunities of 2006, a club record.

The Boston BBWAA Awards Dinner will honor a number of baseball personalities from the Red Sox and Major League Baseball. Other award recipients will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at $125.00 each. Tickets can be purchased by making checks payable to Boston Chapter BBWAA and mailing to: Boston Chapter BBWAA, P.O. Box 7346, Nashua, N.H., 03060.

For more information on the 2007 Boston BBWAA Awards Dinner, call 603-594-6427 or e-mail Alan Greenwood at agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com.

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.