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Mark Teahen’s charitable efforts in the Kansas City community earned him the Hutch Award yesterday. The national award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field. Teahen, traded to Chicago on November 6, is the first member of the White Sox to win the award. George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986) and Mike Sweeney (2007) are past Hutch recipients. This was Teahen’s second year as a finalist for the award.
Teahen is the spokesperson for the YMCA Challenger Baseball program in Kansas City. His fundraising efforts with the program include an annual fashion show. He also participated in countless community events, including the Royals AbilityCAMP, an interactive baseball camp for children with disabilities. Thank you Mark for your work in the Kansas City community!
Royals 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.
As a new month approaches, it is time to recap our September birthdays:
Mark Teahen celebrated his 28th birthday on September 6. Mark’s an easy going guy who enjoys a laugh, so it’s no coincidence that he shares his day with comedian Jeff Foxworthy (51) and Saturday Night Live original Jane Curtin (62).
Kyle Davies has pitched well in the ninth month for the last two years. It’s also his birthday month (26 on September 9). Celebrities born on this day include actors Michael Keaton (58) and Adam Sandler (43). The late Colonel Sanders was born on this day in 1890.
Luke Hochevar, like Davies, turned 26 this month. He shares his September 15 birthday with director Oliver Stone (63), actor Tommy Lee Jones (also 63), football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48) and Britain’s Prince Harry (25).
Lenny DiNardo (30 on September 19) and Carlos Rosa (25 on September 21) received call-ups during the month. DiNardo shares his day with Hall of Famer Duke Snider (83) and former pitcher Jim Abbott (42). Rosa’s birthday is the same as Larry Hagman of Dallas (78), novelist Stephen King (62), comedic actor Bill Murray (59) and country singer Faith Hill (42).
Steve Busby turned 60 yesterday (September 29). The Royals Hall of Famer shares his birthday with former Today host Bryant Gumbel (61). The late Gene Autry, “The Singing Cowboy” and former owner of the Angels baseball club, was born on this day in 1907.
Mark Teahen received his award tonight as the Royals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award Presented by Chevy. Teahen is the local spokesperson for Challenger, a program which removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off of the baseball field. He was joined on the field tonight by (l to r) Karl Kramer, District Sales Manager for Chevy; Michelle Ford, Senior Vice President of Adaptive Programming for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City; and Scott and Lisa Hallier, YMCA Challenger Advisory Council members and co-chairs of the “Mark Teahen – Challenge Your Fashion” event. Congratulations to Mark and Challenger Baseball!
Mark Teahen is the Royals nominee for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy. He is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national Clemente Award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines exceptional performance on the baseball field with devoted work in the community. Fans are encouraged to participate in the selection of the national winner. From September 2 through October 4, 2009, fans can log on to www.chevy.com/clemente and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. One lucky fan will win a trip to game three of the World Series where they will meet the award winner, the Clemente family and participate in the Clemente Award presentation!
Teahen will be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, September 8. He is involved in a number of outreach efforts in the Kansas City area, including the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The local Challenger Division, which is administered through the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, removes barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field.
Since becoming the local Challenger spokesman in October 2006, Teahen has been involved in a number of events to help bring funds and visibility to the program. For the past two years, he has hosted his own offseason fundraiser – “Challenge Your Fashion.” The benefit has raised more than $275,000 and is now a signature fundraising event for the local Challenger program. Plans are already underway for “Challenge Your Fashion” to return in January 2010.
Congratulations to Mark on his nomination for the Clemente Award!
The Royals have nominated Billy Butler and Mark Teahen for the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete, presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. You can “get in the game” and help Butler and Teahen win by voting on the All Stars Helping Kids website (www.allstarshelpingkids.org) and via text message running through November 15th.
Butler and Teahen join other impressive nominees, including Steve Nash, Mia Hamm, and Venus Williams. Past winners of the Jefferson Award include Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and Bill & Melinda Gates.
Butler and Teahen have worked to serve families and youth in the Kansas City community through their philanthropy. Butler works with the Bishop Sullivan Center, the largest single site provider of emergency assistance in the local area, and created the Hit-It-A-Ton campaign aimed at feeding the hungry. Teahen has donated his time and service as a spokesperson for the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball, providing opporutnities for mentally and physically handicapped boys and girls to play baseball.
You can vote online or via text message. To vote for Butler text STAR7 to 55333. To vote for Teahen text STAR38 to 55333 (sponsored by AT&T and facilitated by Txtstation).
Weather update – 7:20: We are currently in a delay, with no scheduled start time at this point.
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the difficulty in finding spots for his extremely versatile trio of Mark Teahen, Ryan Freel, and Willie Bloomquist. “It’s going to be very difficult in making sure each one of those individuals doesn’t rest too long and we find spots for them on the field. You’ve got foot speed, athleticism, and ability in all three of those gentlemen, it’s my job to find a place for each of them in the line-up as often as I can.”
According to Hillman, third basemen Alex Gordon is feeling pretty good after coming back from his early season hip injury that had sidelined him since April 16. “At the moment Alex is feeling good about where he is at and as a coaching staff we are constantly watching his every move to see how his body responds to different situations. The maneuvering and running of the base paths continues to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome. His conditioning is also a work in progress, there have been a couple of scenarios in the past few games that Alex’s body was not prepared for, that will be corrected in time.”
On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Royals players will be signing autographs at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park as part of the 27th Annual Royals Wives Food Drive. Participating players will sign autographs for a $5 donation or five cans of food. The locations and players are as follows:
Gladstone (7117 N. Prospect): David DeJesus and Ron Mahay
Lee’s Summit (310 SW Ward Road): Billy Butler and Mark Teahen
Overland Park (8900 W. 135th Street): Willie Bloomquist and Mitch Maier
All donations go to St. James Place food pantry and its sister site, the Bishop Sullivan Center. Come on out to get your groceries and meet a few Royals before heading out to Kauffman for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and the Monarchs jersey giveaway!
The Royals handed out some hardware tonight, and it was kind of like the Academy Awards – where one movie gets Oscar after Oscar. We’re referring to Zack Greinke, who had one of the best months for a pitcher in Royals history. Zack and Mark Teahen received their Royals Player of the Month awards for April.
Zack then received his AL Pitcher of the Month award and his Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month award. Congratulations to Zack and Mark on their April honors!