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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A.J. Ellis has won the seventh annual Roy Campanella Award, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Wednesday.
The award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher, was voted upon by Dodger uniform personnel.
Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, will present the award to 31-year-old Ellis before Saturday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
Former Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal received the inaugural Roy Campanella Award in 2006. The award has also been given to Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011) and now Ellis.
Ellis was a steady presence behind the plate all season, ranking second on the club with 127 games played and fourth among Major League backstops with 125 games and 1,097.0 innings as a catcher.