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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by third base coach Joe Espada #53 after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on September 13, 2016 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Dodgers 3-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Gary Sanchez to be honored at Thurman Munson dinner

The 37th annual Thurman Munson dinner is set to take place in the coming months but the honorees have been announced with Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez among the three current athletes named. Wilmer Flores of the New York Mets and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants are the other two honorees.

The Thurman Munson Award Dinner honors professional athletes for their achievements on the field, their contributions to the community, and embody the spirit of legendary Yankee catcher Thurman Munson. The AHRC New York City Foundation benefits from the gala and is a not-for-profit which assists children and adults with disabilities.

Sanchez burst onto the scene in 2016, setting a record for the fastest player to hit 20 home runs in his career, doing it in only 53 games. The 24-year-old is the only current Yankee being honored for the award.

Last year, pitcher Andrew Miller and catcher Brian McCann were honored for their contributions on and off the field.