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October 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Felix Hernandez named AL Pitcher of the Year by Sporting News


(Photo by Associated Press)

UPDATE: Here’s some audio the Mariners provided from Felix Hernandez, talking about his award at a season ticket holder’s event today.

And here’s more audio of Eric Wedge and Felix from the same event.

It’s not the biggie — the American League’s Cy Young winner will be revealed on Nov. 18 — but Felix Hernandez has racked up an impressive honor. He was named the AL’s Pitcher of the Year by Sporting News, which distributed ballots to all 30 teams, and had 326 players, 24 general managers and 25 managers participate in the voting.

Hernandez’s peers were able to overlook his 13-12 record. Will the 28 scribes from the Baseball Writers Association of America who voted for the Cy Young? I firmly believe that will happen, but we’ll have to wait another month to find out. (By the way, I promise I’ll reveal my Cy Young vote soon in a separate blog post, but I was sidetracked by the Mariners’ managerial search).

Texas’s Josh Hamilton was named Player of the Year. Here are the major winners of Sporting News awards:

Pitchers of the year

AL: Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners

NL:Roy Halladay, SP, Phillies

Managers of the year

AL: Ron Gardenhire, Twins

NL: Bud Black, Padres

Rookies of the year

AL: Austin Jackson, CF, Tigers

NL: Jason Heyward, RF, Braves

Comeback players of the year

AL: Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Rangers

NL: Tim Hudson, SP, Braves

Relievers of the year

AL: Rafael Soriano, Rays

NL: Heath Bell, Padres

A.L All-Star Team

C Joe Mauer, Twins

1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

2B Robinson Cano, Yankees

3B Evan Longoria, Rays

SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

OF Josh Hamilton, Rangers

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

OF Carl Crawford, Rays

DH Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers

SP Felix Hernandez, Mariners

RP Rafael Soriano, Rays

N.L. All-Star Team

C Brian McCann, Braves

1B Joey Votto, Reds

2B Martin Prado, Braves

3B Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

SS Hanley Ramirez, Marlins

OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals

OF Ryan Braun, Brewers

SP Roy Halladay, Phillies

RP Heath Bell, Padres

One other item of business: the Mariners announced they will wear “Northwest” green alternate jerseys on Monday and Friday home homes beginning next season. They were originally introduced during the 1994 season.

There’s even a quote from Jack Zduriencik in the news release: “When we brought the green jerseys back for this past year’s “Turn Back the Clock Day”, our fans and players told us they enjoyed the retro style, therefore we will make this a part of our 2011 uniform look.”

The green jerseys will only be an alternate option for home games, the Mariners said. The dark navy tops, the previous alternate jersey, will now be a road-only option.

Here’s a look at the jerseys during the June 5 “Turn Back The Clock” game (photo by Jim Bates of the Seattle Times):




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