Red Sox right-handed pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has been selected as the 2009 Red Sox Fireman of the Year. It was announced by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
In addition, the Boston BBWAA announced it has named right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard as its Red Sox Rookie of the Year and infielder Nick Green as the recipient of this year’s Jackie Jensen Award.
The awards will be presented at the 71st Boston BBWAA Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in South Boston. Tickets are still available for the dinner.
Papelbon tied for fourth in the American League this year with 38 saves. He established a new Red Sox record for career saves with his 133rd on July 1 at Baltimore and finished the year with 151. He is the only pitcher ever to win the award four times.
Bard placed sixth among qualifying AL relievers with 11.49 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He also ranked among AL rookie relievers in strikeouts (4th, 63), games (7th, 49), opponent batting average (8th, .228) and innings (9th, 49.1).
Green was selected as the 19th recipient of the Jackie Jensen Award in balloting conducted by the members of the Boston BBWAA Chapter. The award is named for the late Red Sox outfielder, who starred with Boston from 1954-59 and 1961 and is presented annually to a Major League player for “spirit and determination.”
Among other award recipients at the Boston Baseball Dinner, Colorado's Jim Tracy will be honored as Manager of the Year and Minnesota's Joe Mauer will take home the Ted Williams Award as baseball’s leading hitter.
-Courtesy Red Sox Communications-