SEATTLE — Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez is one of 10 finalists for the 50th annual Hutch Award, which recognizes one major-league player each year for public service.
Hernandez, 28, just completed his 10th season with the Mariners by going 15-6 with a 2.14 ERA in 34 starts. He is also active in numerous public-service projects.
The recipient, which is determined by a vote of former winners, will be honored Jan. 29 in a luncheon at Safeco Field.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Gross revenue from the luncheon raised more than $4.3 million over the last 15 years.
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The other 2014 nominees are:
White Sox pitcher John Danks, Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison, Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, Indians pitcher Roberto Perez and Giants pitcher Sergio Romo.
The Hutch Award seeks to recognize a player who “exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire” of former pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, a Seattle native who died from cancer in 1964.
Former Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez, who currently plays for the Phillies, was last year’s recipient. Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle won the initial award in 1965.
The list of recipients includes 11 Hall of Fame members.
Hernandez would join pitcher Jamie Moyer (2003) and Ibanez as players to win the award while playing for the Mariners.