By Matt Snyder
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has revealed 10 Major League Baseball players as finalists for the 2011 Hutch Award.
The award is given to a "player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of legendary baseball player and manager Fred Hutchinson" -- who played 10 seasons for the Tigers from 1939-1953, missing a chunk due to service in World War II. He also managed the Tigers, Cardinals and Reds during a 13-season managerial career. He then died of cancer in 1964 at the age of 45 and the research center was founded by his brother.
Here are the 10 players nominated for the Hutch Award this season, as chosen by the research center's national committee:
• Billy Butler, Royals
• Tony Campana, Cubs
• Michael Cuddyer, Twins
• Curtis Granderson, Yankees
• Josh Hamilton, Rangers
• Torii Hunter, Angels
• Justin Masterson, Indians
• Brian McCann, Braves
• Jake Peavy, White Sox
• Josh Willingham, A's
Last season's winner was Tim Hudson of the Braves. The first winner was Yankees great Mickey Mantle back in 1965. A full list of past winners can be viewed by clicking here. The winner of the 2011 Hutch Award will be revealed in February.
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10 finalists for Hutch Award revealed
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:58 pm
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