Royals Notebook

Royals’ Alex Gordon is a finalist for baseball’s Hutch Award

Updated: 2013-10-17T05:46:39Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is one of the 10 nominees for the Hutch Award.

Former major-league player and manager Fred “Hutch” Hutchinson died of cancer in 1964. The award is given to “a Major League Baseball player who demonstrates the honor, courage and dedication that Fred Hutchinson exemplified.”

Major-league teams submit nominations for the award, and the winner is selected through a vote among past recipients.

Former Royals who won the award are George Brett in 1980, Dennis Leonard in 1986, Mike Sweeney in 2007 and Billy Butler in 2011.

Two former Royals are among the nominees: Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and Mariners outfielder Raul Ibañez. The others: Boston’s Craig Breslow, Texas’ Neal Cotts, John Danks of the White Sox, Oakland’s Sean Doolittle, Cleveland’s Scott Kazmir, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis’ Jason Motte.

The award will be presented Jan. 30 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The award, launched a year after Hutchinson’s death by three of his friends, is presented annually at the Hutch Award Luncheon which raises funds for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

A pitcher, Hutchinson made his major-league debut in 1939 with the Tigers. He missed the 1942-45 seasons while serving in the Navy. Hutchinson returned to the Tigers in 1946 and later was player/manager for Detroit in 1952-53. He retired as a player after the 1953 season and managed the Tigers one more season. Hutchinson also managed the Cardinals from 1956-58.

Hutchinson was hired by Cincinnati in 1959, and the Reds won the NL pennant in 1961. In December 1963, Hutchinson felt a lump in his throat and sought medical attention from his brother, William, who was a cancer surgeon. William told him he would only live for one more year.

Hutchinson returned to the dugout in 1964 but stepped down at midseason. The award was started by his brother.

Winter details

Right-hander Jason Adam worked four scoreless innings Tuesday night for Peoria in a 5-4 victory over Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.

Adam threw just 35 pitches in the four innings, including 26 for strikes, while allowing two hits, striking out two and walking none. He handed a 4-0 lead to the bullpen.

Lefty Noel Arguelles followed Adam and allowed three runs in one inning on two hits and three walks.

Second baseman Orlando Calixte had a two-run single for Peoria and a walk in three plate appearances.

Looking back

It was 28 years ago Wednesday — Oct. 16, 1985 — that Jim Sundberg hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto that carried the Royals to a 6-2 victory in the seventh game of the American League Championship Series.

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