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David Price to accept Warren Spahn Award in Oklahoma City
January 8, 2011By VYPE Oklahoma of VYPE MAGAZINE - Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 7, 2010) — Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price will accept the 2010 Warren Spahn award Jan. 20 in Oklahoma City, an honor given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.
"I am honored to hear I will be receiving the Warren Spahn Award,” said Price, 25. “To be included in a group with the past winners — CC Sabathia, Randy Johnson, and others —is very exciting.”
The award is based on a pitcher’s wins, strikeouts and earned run average. Price had 19 wins, 188 strikeouts and a 2.72 ERA during the 2010 season. New York Yankee C.C. Sabathia won the award each of the last three years, and both he and Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester were in contention again this year.
“What a race to the end for the Warren Spahn Award,” said Greg Spahn, son of the late Warren Spahn. “Sabathia looked like he was going to finish strong and win another Spahn Award. Then here came Jon Lester and David Price, and it all came down to their last starts.”
Spahn said Sabathia was in the lead for most of the season, but Lester took over with only a couple of weeks to go. Lester maintained the lead until his last start
In his last regular season start, Price picked up his 19th win by pitching 8 scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles while striking out 8 and walking none.
“We’re delighted to welcome David Price to Oklahoma City for the award presentation,” said Spahn Award Chairman and Oklahoma City attorney Bill Hickman. “David Price has established himself as an elite pitcher — starting this year's All-Star Game, winning the AL East over the Yankees and now winning the Warren Spahn Award. It’s exciting to see a young lefty accomplish so much this early in his career.”
Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Price attended Vanderbilt University and was the first overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft. He broke into the majors late in 2008 and helped propel the Rays to their first World Series appearance that year.
Hickman said tickets are available for the annual gala and award ceremony on Jan. 20 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & Jim Thorpe Museum. Past Spahn Award winners include: CC Sabathia (2007–2009); Johan Santana (2004, 2006); Dontrelle Willis (2005); Andy Pettitte (2003); and Randy Johnson (1999–2002).
In its 12th year, the Spahn Award is named after Oklahoman and National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, who holds the Major League Baseball record of 363 wins as a left-handed pitcher.
The Warren Spahn Award Gala is hosted by Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Rotary Club and the Jim Thorpe Association. The gala will also honor “Voice of the Cowboys” Dave Hunziker as winner of the Bill Teegins Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding sportscaster with Oklahoma ties. Oklahoma high school baseball and softball players are also honored annually at the gala by Hall-of-Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.
Funds raised at the gala go to help Bricktown Rotary support a variety of local community events and social service organizations. For more information, visit www.OKCSpahnAwards.com, and to purchase tickets, contact Bill Hickman at 405.605.2375 or email@example.com.