SEATTLE — Outfielder Michael Saunders is this year’s recipient of the Moose Clausen Award, which is given by the Mariners RBI Club in recognition of “significant contributions” to the community.
The RBI (Real Baseball Involvement) Club is an organization of Mariners’ season-ticketholders who are active in the community. The Clausen Award is given each year to an active or retired member of the Mariners' organization.
The organization cited Saunders’ involvement in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Major League Baseball’s “Going to bat against breast cancer” initiative.
Saunders spends time with youth in addressing the benefits of education and remaining drug-free. He also joined teammate Felix Hernandez and manager Lloyd McClendon as spokesmen for the Refuse to Abuse campaign against domestic violence.
The Clausen Award is named for a former Mariners employee. Former manager Eric Wedge and his wife, Kate, received the award in 2013.
Saunders, 27, missed nearly two months this season because of a strained oblique muscle and a viral infection. He batted .273 in 78 games with eight homers and 34 RBIs.
Clausen Award winners
2001: Jamie Moyer
2002: Dan WIlson
2003: Edgar Martinez
2004: Jay Buhner
2005: Rick Rizzs/David Henderson
2006: Raul Ibanez
2007: Dave Valle
2008: John Olerud
2009: Howard Lincoln
2010: Bill Krueger
2011: Julio Cruz
2012: Jack Zduriencik
2013: Eric and Kate Wedge
2014: Michael Saunders