Mark Teahen of the Chicago White Sox has been named the 2009 recipient of the Hutch Award, given annually to the player who “best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication” of Seattle baseball legend Fred Hutchinson.
The Mariners’ Mark Lowe had been one of the 10 finalists for the prestigious award, which will be bestowed at the annual Hutch Award Luncheon on Jan. 27 at Safeco Field. Former major-league pitcher Dave Dravecky, the 1989 Hutch Award Winner, will be the featured speaker.
Teahen, 28, was traded from the Royals to the White Sox earlier this month. He has dual Canadian-American citizenship, with his father being from Ontario. He played on the Canadian team during the World Baseball Classic.
“I am extremely excited to accept the Hutch Award, and I am humbled to be added to the prestigious list of former recipients,” Teahen said in the press release from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “I am honored and thankful for all my friends and family who help me accomplish the many successes I’ve been fortunate enough to achieve.”
Past winners include 11 Hall of Famers, including Mickey Mantle (the first recipient in 1965), Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, Sandy Koufax and Carl Yastrzemski.
According to the release, Teahen said the award and its connection to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center means more to him because of his mom’s successful battle with breast cancer this year.
Teahen is involved with the YMCA Challenger Baseball program for children with physical or mental challenges, and has donated time to the Royals AbilityCAMP for kids with disabilities, among other charitable endeavors.
Jonny Gomes, Reds
Tim Hudson, Braves
Torii Hunter, Angels
Mike Lowell, Red Sox
Nick Markakis, Orioles
Kevin Millwood, Rangers
Justin Morneau, Twins
Albert Pujols, Cardinals
For more about the Hutch Award, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward
(photo by Associated Press)