As the regular season has ended, the awards season is ramping up. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will often be heard in conjunction with any number of different recognitions across the baseball landscape.
There is at least one
award which the slugger has not yet won. Pujols heads up a list of ten finalists
for the prestigious Hutch Award for 2009, which will be announced next month and
The Hutch Award was created in 1965 in honor of the late Fred Hutchinson, a former major league baseball player and manager, who died of cancer the previous year at the age of 45. "Hutch" had won 95 games as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, and then became a manager of three different major league clubs, including the World Champion 1961 Cincinnati Reds.
The Hutch Award is given
annually to the major-league baseball player who best exemplifies the fighting
spirit and competitive desire of Hutch. Mickey Mantle accepted the inaugural
award in 1965, with Hall-of-Famers
Joe Torre (1971) and Lou
Brock (1979) are former Cardinals among the 44 past winners of the Hutch Award.
The 2009 Hutch Award finalists:
• Jonny Gomes,
• Tim Hudson,
• Torii Hunter,
• Mark Lowe,
• Mike Lowell,
• Nick Markakis,
• Albert Pujols,
• Mark Teahen,
The Hutch Award Luncheon,
held on the left field playing surface of
Funds raised through
sponsorships and individual donations at the 2010 Hutch Award Luncheon benefit
The Gregory Fund® for early cancer-detection research at the
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