Major League Baseball’s Mark Teahen, longtime third baseman for the Kansas City Royals, is the winner of the 2009 Hutch Award.
“I am extremely excited to accept the Hutch Award, and I am humbled to be added to the prestigious list of former recipients,” Teahen said. “I am honored and am thankful for all of my friends and family who help me accomplish the many successes I've been fortunate to achieve.”
Teahen, recently acquired by the Chicago White Sox, said the award and its connection with the Hutchinson Center mean even more to him because this year he witnessed his mother’s successful battle with breast cancer.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Teahen will visit Hutch School and receive his award at the annual Hutch Award Luncheon. The legendary pitcher and 1989 Hutch Award winner Dave Dravecky will be the featured speaker at the luncheon at Safeco Field. For more information and registration for the luncheon, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.
The 28-year-old Redlands, Calif., native made his MLB debut with the Royals in April 2005, playing third and first bases and the outfield. He had been a unanimous first-team, All-West Coast Conference selection in 2002. Teahen, whose father is from Ontario, has dual Canadian-American citizenship and last March played on the Canadian men’s national team in the World Baseball Classic. Teahen’s trade to the White Sox took place Nov. 5.
Off the field, Teahen has been active in the local community. For nearly the entirety of his tenure with the Royals, Teahen served as a key spokesman and fundraiser for the YMCA Challenger Baseball program, a division of Little League Baseball that gives children with physical or mental challenges the opportunity to play on specially designed baseball fields. In addition, he has donated time to the Royals AbilityCAMP, an interactive baseball camp for kids with disabilities, and he has supported other causes and foundations focusing on the well-being of children.
The Hutch Award is given annually to a player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, for whom the Center is named. For more information about the Hutch Award, including a list of past recipients, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.