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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.

Teahen a Hutch nominee, Arizona Fall League starts

Teahen_06.JPGRoyals outfielder Mark Teahen is one of 10 finalists for the 2008 Hutch Award. 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.  

The other nominees are Rocco Baldelli, Lance Berkman, Doug Davis, Ken Griffey, Jr., Raul Ibanez, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, Aaron Rowand, and Vernon Wells. The Royals have had three Hutch winners (George Brett, 1980, Dennis Leonard, 1986 and Mike Sweeney, 2007). Other recipients include Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock.

Fall League

Top MLB prospects have descended to the desert southwest for the start of the Arizona Fall League. The Royals have seven prospects and two coaches on the Surprise Rafters. The club is made up of players from the Royals, Rangers, Dodgers, Indians and Orioles farm systems.

Thumbnail image for Cortes.JPGThe participating Royals farmhands are right-handed pitchers Dan Cortes (right) and Chris Hayes, left-handed pitchers Gilbert de la Vara and Rowdy Hardy, shortstop Chris McConnell, and outfielders Joe Dickerson and Brian McFall. The four pitchers and McFall helped the 2008 Northwest Arkansas Naturals clinch the second half title in the Texas League’s North Division. Dickerson and McConnell were members of another playoff team, the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Omaha hitting coach Terry Bradshaw is in the same role with the Rafters. The pitchers will be working with a familiar face, Wilmington pitching coach Steve Luebber. Games started yesterday. You can follow all of the play on MLB.com!

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