For the second time, the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America awarded the Richard Durrett Hardest-Working Man Award over the weekend, and it went to second-year second baseman Rougned Odor.
Durrett, who covered the Rangers for years for The Dallas Morning News and for ESPN Dallas before his sudden death in 2014 at age 38, was a beloved member of the local media and as the award suggests, one of the hardest workers in the business.
Odor most exemplified that in 2015 after he got off to an awful start in his sophomore campaign and was demoted to the minors in May after an awful April. He spent a month and a half working on his game, his swing and most importantly, his approach, and he came back in mid-June and set the league on fire.
Odor batted 292 average over 92 games after his return. Overall, he hit.261 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 120 games.
Odor will receive his award at the 2016 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Jan. 22 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine.