PHOENIX -- Bob Melvin, a frontrunner for the National League Manager of the Year Award, got an early jump on the postseason hardware when he was named the 2007 C.I. Taylor Legacy Award winner.
The Legacy Award, sponsored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, honors the game's best players in various categories with bronzed statues that carry the likeness and names of stars from "black baseball."
D-backs ace Brandon Webb received the Bullet Rogan Legacy Award, which is given to the pitcher of the year in each league. The Twins' Johan Santana was the American League winner.
Webb, who was 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA during the regular season, won the National League Cy Young Award in 2006.
"Each year, the game brings new stars to the forefront," said Bob Kendrick, marketing director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. "I think that's the beauty of the game. So I'm very excited about some of the folks who are first-time recipients of these awards."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.