SEATTLE - Mark Teahen of the Chicago White Sox has won the 2009 Hutch Award for his efforts on and off the field.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle made the announcement Monday, November 30th. The award goes to a player who best exemplifies the honour, courage and dedication of former major league pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died from cancer in 1964 at age 45.
Teahen, a member of Team Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic, was traded this month from the Kansas City Royals to Chicago. The infielder-outfielder will receive his award January 27th in Seattle.
While in Kansas City, Teahen was a spokesman and fundraiser for a program that gave children with physical or mental challenges the chance to play baseball.