Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos has been announced as the first winner of the Richard Durrett Hardest-Working Man Award, to be given annually by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Chirinos was a near-unanimous choice by voters who watched him go from roster long shot to a player who stands as the likely Opening Day starter behind the plate and the catcher who will log the majority of the playing time in 2015.
He did so with hard work and dedication to his position, which stretched into winter ball before the season and took off in spring training. Durrett, a beloved media colleague who passed suddenly in June, was known for his strong work ethic and dedication to sports journalism with a focus on the Rangers.
Chirinos will be presented with the award Jan. 23 during the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner at the Dallas Omni Hotel.
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“I’m totally touched about the award,” said Kelly Durrett, Richard’s wife and the mother of their children. “One of things I want our kids to remember about Richard was how hard working he was. He had so much dedication and drive, and I still don’t know how he got everything done in a day. He really did work harder than anyone I know. I think this is the perfect way to honor and to remember him. It’s great that this could be done, and I’m sure Robinson was someone Richard enjoyed working with and someone who’s truly deserving.”