San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito was named the winner of the Hutch Award, which is given annually to the major-league player who best exemplifies the "honor, courage and dedication" of former major-league player and manager Fred Hutchinson.
Fresh off playing a key role in the Giants’ World Series title, Barry Zito has added another honor to his résumé.
Zito was announced Thursday as the winner of the 48th annual Hutch Award, which goes to the major-league player who best exemplifies the “honor, courage and dedication” of former major-league player and manager Fred Hutchinson, a Seattle native.
The Hutch Award will be presented at a luncheon at Safeco Field on Jan. 30. Former Mariners manager Lou Piniella will be the keynote speaker.
Ten finalists, including Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, had been announced last month. Other finalists were Alex Gordon (Royals), Ryan Ludwick (Reds), Brandon McCarthy (A’s), Logan Morrison (Marlins), Jake Peavy (White Sox), Dan Uggla (Braves), Rickie Weeks (Brewers) and Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals).
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Zito, who won the Cy Young Award with the A’s in 2002, finished his sixth, and most successful, season with the Giants in 2012. He went 15-8 during the regular season, and was 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three postseason starts. That includes a win in the first game of the World Series.
Zito started the nonprofit organization Strikeouts For Troops, which aids injured soldiers and provides support for their families. With his wife, Amber, he supports the St. Anthony Foundation, which provides meals to the hungry and homeless in San Francisco. The Zitos also support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, organ donation, cancer research and efforts to combat global illiteracy.
The Hutch Award is selected by a vote of surviving former winners.
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