Teahen earns second straight Hutch Award nomination

teahenkids_07bb_clinic.JPGRoyals infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen is a finalist for the Hutch Award for the second straight year.  He is the only repeat nominee from last year’s group of 10 finalists.  The honor is given to the MLB player who best exemplifies the spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson, a baseball player who passed away from cancer in 1964 at the age of 45. 

Mark participates in numerous community appearances throughout the year and is the spokesperson for Kansas City’s Challenger Division baseball program.

The other nominees are Jonny Gomes, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Mark Lowe, Mike Lowell, Nick Markakis, Kevin Millwood, Justin Morneau and Albert Pujols.

The Royals have had three Hutch winners (George Brett, 1980, Dennis Leonard, 1986 and Mike Sweeney, 2007).  This year’s award will be the 45th.  Mickey Mantle accepted the first award in 1965 and Boston’s Jon Lester was the 2008 recipient.  Other recipients include Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock.

For more information about the Hutch Award, including a full list of past recipients, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.

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