Trevor Hoffman, who last season reestablished himself as one of baseball's top closers after missing most of the 2003 season following shoulder surgery, has been named the 2005...

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Trevor Hoffman, who last season reestablished himself as one of baseball’s top closers after missing most of the 2003 season following shoulder surgery, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Hutch Award.


This marks the 40th year of the Hutch Award, a tribute given annually to the major-league baseball player who displays honor, courage and dedication to baseball both on and off the field.


Last year, the San Diego pitcher and his wife, Tracy, hosted special guests in their personal dugout seats for more than 30 games during the Padres’ inaugural season at Petco Park. Their guests included the families of men and women deployed in military service, the San Diego teachers of the year and patients from Children’s Hospital and other local health organizations.


Hoffman, who lost a kidney as an infant, also continued his “Trevor’s Kidney Kids” program, in which he visits with children with kidney ailments during batting practice and the families watch the game from his dugout seats.


He is also the national spokesman for “Kids First in Sports” and is involved with Garth Brook’s Touch ’em All Teammates for Kids Foundation.


The formal presentation of the Hutch Award will be Jan. 19 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. A Hutch Award luncheon and auction will take place at Safeco Field the same day. For information, call 206-667-4149.


Money raised through luncheon ticket sales and the auction goes to Fred Hutchinson’s Gregory Fund for early-cancer detection research.




Note


* The Western Washington men’s basketball team will be without starting guard Ryan Diggs for four weeks after X-rays yesterday revealed a fracture in his right (shooting) hand.


He was hurt in the 9-1 Vikings’ loss to South Dakota at the High Desert Classic on Dec. 18. Diggs collided with an opposing player and injured the hand while trying to stop his fall. Forward Craig Roosendaal is expected to start in Diggs’ place.


* Michael Willis, a coveted safety from Tacoma’s Lincoln High School who committed to Washington State last winter then failed to meet entrance requirements, has now met requirements and plans to enroll in January.


Willis, 6 feet 3 and 205 pounds, was considered one of the top players in last year’s recruiting class. He is likely to play immediately.


Compiled from staff reports and college sports-information directors.