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Past (Simmons), present (Flaherty), future (Carlson) to be honored at Baseball Writers' Dinner

Past (Simmons), present (Flaherty), future (Carlson) to be honored at Baseball Writers' Dinner

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Former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons wears a Hall of Fame jersey during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in San Diego. Simmons was elected into the Hall of Fame during the event. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Newly named Hall of Famer Ted Simmons, the Cardinals’ star catcher for more than a decade, heads the list of honorees for the 62nd annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner on Jan. 19 at Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.

Tickets are available for the event, which also will celebrate pitcher Jack Flaherty as the St. Louis baseball man of the year. Other current Cardinals to be honored are second baseman Kolten Wong, rookie pitcher Giovanny Gallegos, rookie infielder Tommy Edman, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and manager Mike Shildt.

Wong will be presented his first Gold Glove, and Shildt will receive his National League manager of the year award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Dylan Carlson, the oft-discussed outfielder who could force his way onto the regular-season roster in 2020, will be honored as the Cardinals’ minor league player of the year.

Simmons, who played for the Cardinals from 1968-80, will be awarded the Red Medal in honor of the late Red Schoendienst for invaluable service to baseball.

Colorful Will Clark, who closed his career with a flourish for the Cardinals in the final three months of 2000, will receive the Burnes Nostalgia Award on the 20th anniversary of his magical run. Baseball historian and sabermetrics founder Bill James will receive the Branch Rickey award for innovation in baseball.

Chairman Tom Stillman and longtime fan favorite Bob Plager, representing the Stanley Cup champion Blues, will receive the writers’ meritorious service award; and Carolyn Kindle Betz, who is part of pro sports’ first female ownership group with the new St. Louis soccer entry, also will be saluted.

Tickets can be obtained through MetroTix (MetroTix.com) at 314-534-1111 They are priced at $250 and $150, with tables of 10 available at $2,500 and $1,500.

Cardinals radio voice John Rooney will be the master of ceremonies for the 6:15 p.m. dinner, which is one of just two in the country staged by the baseball writers’ chapter in that town. New York is the other.

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