1/17/2008 05:05:00 PM

A-Rod Collects "Thurman", Joins Melky

Posted by Mark McCray |

VIA Bryan Hoch at Yankees.com:

Alex Rodriguez's busy offseason will include one additional stop and another piece of honorary hardware for his collection.

The Yankees third baseman has been named as a sixth award recipient for this year's Thurman Munson Awards dinner, acknowledging excellence in competition and philanthropic work within the community.

Yankees center fielder Melky Cabrera, Mets third baseman David Wright, former Houston Astros infielder Craig Biggio, New York Knicks shooting guard Jamal Crawford and Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi will also receive "Thurmans" at the 28th annual Munson Awards dinner, to be held Feb. 5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.

"It is a privilege and honor to receive the Munson Award," Rodriguez said in a statement. "Knowing of Thurman's legacy in the storied history of the Yankees franchise, and how much the dinner has done to assist children through AHRC NYC Foundation, it is a special honor that I will always cherish."

Often overlooked is what these players do for charity...

Congratulations A-Rod and Melky!!!

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