Betts headlines Boston Writers Dinner attendees

BOSTON — If you’d like an up-close look at some key Red Sox players before Spring Training, the 78th annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner on Jan. 19 presents the perfect opportunity.

Along with the departure of the equipment truck from Fenway Park on Feb. 6, the dinner is an annual sign for Red Sox fans that baseball season is getting close.

This year’s dinner will take place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. ET. There will be an autograph session for all children in the audience.

Fans can purchase tickets through SportsMuseum.org or by calling (617) 624-1231.

The presentation of awards will include speeches and highlight videos.

Mookie Betts, fresh off finishing second in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting, headlines a strong list of attendees. The right fielder will be recognized as Boston’s MVP of 2016.

Two other cornerstones from the Red Sox’s talented young core are expected to join Betts for the festivities. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is the winner of the Jackie Jensen Hustle Award, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the Special Achievement Award for his 29-game hitting streak that stretched from April 24-May 25.

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