Rays LHP BLake Snell earned his AL Cy Young award with his tremendous work on the mound.
Saturday night at the New York Baseball Writers' Association of America banquet in Manhattan, Snell got the hardware.
"It's something I'm still pretty in awe about,'' he said.
After being introduced by veteran journalist Tom Verducci, Snell delivered his acceptance speech, giving special thanks to his father, Dave, and Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder.
Snell said his dad deserves credit for crafting him.
"The person I am today, the ballplayer I am today, he put a lot of, lot of time into me and it’s meant a lot,'' Snell said.
And he noted how much Snyder, who worked with him throughout the minors, believed in him.
"He’s a guy that’s accepted all the crazy things that I’ve told him and he’s really believed in me to able to do all of them,'' Snell said. "That man, he is really a special human, and he teaches me so much.''
Snell also showed his less serious side at times during his 3-minute address, joking how much he bothers Snyder and his agents with texts and phone calls. He also thanked "Owner Stu,'' Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, for coming out and bringing his family, as well as “Cash,” manager Kevin Cash, noting how he allows him to be himself as a player.
Snell will be honored by the Rays and presented the award again prior to an early season game at the Trop, and there likely will be a promo item in his honor.