New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez named Thurman Munson award winner
Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will be receiving the Thurman Munson award Feb. 7 in New York.

As if going on a historic rampage at the end of 2016 wasn’t enough, New York Yankees‘ catcher Gary Sanchez will receive the Thurman Munson award.

Sanchez burst onto the New York sports scene with his insane August in which he slashed .389/.458/.832 with an OPS of 1.290 and 11 home runs en route to winning the American League Player and Rookie Of The Month awards.

On September 21, the 24-year old became the fastest player in baseball history (45 games) to reach the 18 home run mark and later tied Wally Berger — who accomplished the feat in 1930 — as the fastest to reach 20.

New York Giants‘ receiver Victor Cruz and New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will also be honored for their work and inspiration on and off the field.

The three New York athletes will be acknowledged at the 37th annual Munson dinner on Feb. 7 in New York.

The event benefits AHRC New York City Foundation, which fundraises and supports programs for children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and who live in New York City.