Cherington: Red Sox eager for 2012 to start 

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says his players are looking forward to spring training to erase the memory of last September's collapse.

Cherington says he's ready to go, too, for his first spring training as GM.

Cherington spoke before the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the BBWAA.

About 700 people were scheduled to attend the dinner at a downtown Boston hotel. Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was due to receive the most prestigious honor, the Judge Emil Fuchs Award, which is named for the former owner of the Boston Braves.

Others being honored include Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana, who overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma, as the Tony Conigliaro Award winner for dealing with adversity.

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