Arlington, Texas—The 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner take place on Friday, January 19 at Gilley’s Dallas. Details of the event were announced today.
Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, are now on sale at www.texasrangers.com/awards.
Among the honorees will be shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was announced today as the Texas Rangers 2017 Player of the Year in voting conducted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
This is the first Rangers Player of the Year honor for Andrus and the first for a Texas shortstop since Michael Young in 2007. Andrus batted .297 with career highs for runs (100), hits (191), doubles (44), homers (22), and RBI (88) in 158 games in 2017. He ranked among the A.L. leaders in hits (3rd), doubles (T4th), games (T6th), and runs (T7th) and was a finalist for the A.L. Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop.
Other award recipients will be announced in the upcoming weeks, including the Rangers’ 2017 Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award, and the Richard Durrett Hardest Working Man Award.
Tickets for the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner are priced at $110.00 each with tables of ten also available. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Gilley’s Dallas is located at 1135 S. Lamar St. in Dallas. The 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner is also sponsored by FOX Sports Southwest and 105.3 The FAN.
For more information, please contact the Rangers at 972-RANGERS.
RANGERS ANNOUNCE TRANSACTIONS IN AMATEUR, PROFESSIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING
The club has also announced the following transactions for the amateur, professional, and international scouting staffs:
· Bobby Crook promoted to Special Assignment Crosschecker
· Josh Simpson transferred to North Texas area scout (N.TX, AR, OK)
· Levi Lacey hired as Four Corners area scout (AZ, NM, UT, CO)
· Demond Smith hired as Midwest Regional Crosschecker
· Randy Taylor returned to area role in South Texas
· Mitchell Webb promoted to Professional Scout
· Willy Espinal promoted to Dominican Supervisor
· Jhonny Gomez promoted to Venezuelan Supervisor
· Hajime Watabe promoted to Manager, Pacific Rim Operations
· Trey Hendricks hired as International Crosschecker
· Moises De La Mota hired as Area Scout in the Dominican Republic
Crook has served four years as an area scout covering Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Texas after five seasons in the Baseball Operations department as Manager of Amateur Scouting. He will be in his 15th year in the organization. Simpson takes over Crook’s former territory after two seasons as the Four Corners area scout. He was the head coach at New Mexico Junior College from 2007-14 before joining the Rangers.
Webb has spent six seasons in the organization as a video coordinator (2012-14) and advance scout (2015-17). Espinal will be in his ninth season with the Rangers, having already contributed to several signings of eventual big league players as a scout in the Dominican Republic. Gomez has been a scout in Venezuela for four years after a six-year playing career in the Rangers farm system. Watabe will be in his 11th season with the Rangers, having previously served as an international scout. He was with the major league club as a translator in both 2008 and 2011.
Lacey was the head baseball coach for the past 17 seasons at Everett (WA) Community College, a stint in which 10 of his players were selected in the MLB June draft, including current Rangers reliever Keone Kela. Smith has been a part of the Boston Red Sox amateur scouting department for the last eight seasons, covering Northern (2010-14) and Southern (2015-17) California. Smith played 17 seasons of professional baseball from 1990-2008.
Hendricks spent the last six seasons as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, including the role of International Crosschecker in 2017. He joined the Cleveland scouting staff in 2011 after playing seven professional seasons. De La Mota worked for the Washington Nationals for nine seasons, most recently as the club's Latin America Crosschecker. He joined the Nationals in 2007 as an area scout and served as the organization's scouting coordinator in the Dominican Republic from 2009-15, with additional responsibilities in Venezuela, Panama, Curacao, and Columbia over that span.