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Raul Ibanez nominated for the 2013 Hutch Award

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:18 am with 2 Comments »
October 16, 2013 11:23 am


Raul Ibanez tosses a cap he autographed back to a fan after a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Seattle. Oakland won 9-0. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Raul Ibanez tosses a cap he autographed back to a fan after a baseball game after the final game of the 2013 season.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Ten Major League Baseball players have been nominated for the 49th annual Hutch Award, to be given Jan. 30 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The award is named after former major league baseball player and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer in 1964.The award, launched a year after Hutchinson’s death by three of his friends, is presented annually at the Hutch Award Luncheon which raises funds for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

This year’s nominees are:

  • Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants
  • Craig Breslow, Boston Red Sox
  • Neal Cotts, Texas Rangers
  • John Danks, Chicago White Sox
  • Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics
  • Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
  • Raul Ibanez, Seattle Mariners
  • Scott Kazmir, Cleveland Indians
  • Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jason Motte, St. Louis Cardinals

The Hutch Award is given to a Major League Baseball player who demonstrates the honor, courage and dedication that Fred Hutchinson exemplified. The recipient is often someone who has overcome challenges in his personal or professional life.

The award is presented each January in Seattle, Hutch’s hometown and the location of the research center named after him and started by his brother. Major League teams submit nominations for the award and the winner is selected through a vote among past recipients.
New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle received the inaugural award in 1965, and last year’s award went to San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito. Other recipients in recent years include Tim Hudson (Atlanta Braves), Jamie Moyer (Seattle Mariners), Craig Biggio (Houston Astros) and cancer survivor Jon Lester (Boston Red Sox).

Lester, who was diagnosed in 2006 with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, is the award’s only winner to be treated for cancer by a doctor from the Hutch. He returned to the Red Sox in 2007 and helped the team win the World Series.

Hutch Award winners have included 11 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, 11 League Most Valuable Player winners and seven World Series MVPs.

Seattle surgeon William Hutchinson, Fred’s brother, founded Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center after Fred’s death at age 45, less than a year after he was diagnosed. The independent, nonprofit center works to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and related diseases.

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  1. GrayGhoste says:

    Ryan… any idea why Mariners were not in the mix for Abreu.
    Are they that convinced that Cubans are that much more risky than other int’l free agents?
    I am sure the company line is that the Mariners evaluate each player individually, but the Mariners were never reported even being at the individual scouting sessions with any of these players, let alone starting any discussions with any of the Cuban free agents going back to Aroldis Chapman through Cespedes, Puig and now Abreu…
    And yes I know the Mariners did trade for Morales who is Cuban… but he was not an int’l free agent when they did so.

  2. Quinault says:

    Yuni Betancourt killed that avenue for us. We have also jettisoned our entire Latin American scouting team under GMZ. So maybe we just do not have eyes down there.

    I personally am disappointed that we have not found the next Greg Halman internationally. And even with the success of Iwakuma, we have not shopped Japan, seemingly since Johjima.

    Yes, I realize that Saunders and Bay are Canadian, but they are locals as well. We used to have all sorts of Australians!

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