The Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America gave out its annual awards tonight, with chapter chairman Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times making the presentation on the field.
The winners are: Felix Hernandez, Most Valuable Pitcher; Kyle Seager, Most Valuable Player; John Jaso, Unsung Hero.
Hernandez’s election is obviously no surprise in a year in which he pitched a perfect game and is a strong Cy Young candidate. Seager, in his first full major-league season, has had a breakout year with 18 homers and 81 RBIs, both tops on the team, to go with a .258 average.
“I think if you look at our most consistent offensive player and producer, and a guy playing every day, it’s Kyle,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We had a couple of other guys that really have come a long way this year, too, and a couple of others that are on their way, maybe a tad behind. You can see the progress they’re making and ultimately where that can end up. But well deserved for Kyle.”
Jaso hit .277 with the top on-base percentage (.396) and slugging percentage (.457) on the team.
“Obviously, we acquired him because we liked him as a player,” Wedge said. “You look at what he’s meant to our club in regard to game-winning hits. He’s a really come a long way behind the plate. I like the way he swings the bat and handles himself. He carries himself in a very professional manner. Good heart-beat. There’s a lot to like there. He’s been involved in a lot of what we’ve done this year.”