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This slipped by yesterday afternoon, but congratulations to Braves pitcher Tim Hudson for being named the winner of the Hutch Award. He’ll receive the honor in Seattle at the Hutch Award Luncheon on Jan. 26 at Safeco Field.
The Hutch Award is given annually to the player who “best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication” of Seattle baseball legend Fred Hutchinson. Recent winners include Mark Teahen, Jon Lester, Mike Sweeney , Craig Biggio and Sean Casey. Hutchinson’s brother, Bill, a Seattle surgeon, founded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle after Fred died of cancer at age 45.
Past winners include 11 Hall of Famers, including Mickey Mantle (the first recipient in 1965), Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, Sandy Koufax and Carl Yastrzemski.
Hudson, 35, overcame extensive elbow surgery to make the All-Star team last year for the third time.
“My wife Kim and I have seen first-hand the devastation that a cancer diagnosis can have on a family,” Hudson said in a press release. “We intend to do all we can to help find a cure.”
Kim and Tim Hudson launched the Hudson Family Foundation in 2009 to help kids and their families ease the financial burdens of critical illnesses. The Hudsons support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and partner with the Moyer Foundation, founded by former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, to expand the reach of Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children age 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
“We are so thankful to have been placed in a position to be able to help children and families in need,” Hudson said. We know that we are here to serve others.”
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will be the keynote speaker at the Hutch Luncheon.