Free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez was named the recipient of the 2013 Hutch Award, an award given annually to the player “who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication” of its namesake, famed Seattleite and baseball great Fred Hutchinson.
Ibanez is the 49th receipient of the award, joining the likes of Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench and Sandy Koufax among others. Ibanez said during Tuesday’s announcement from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,
“I’m really at a loss for words, It’s a tremendous honor; I’m humbled and grateful. “It’s extra special to me to win this award while playing for Seattle, Fred Hutchinson’s hometown and the city my family and I choose to make our home, as well as the home of the Hutch Center and the great work they do for patients here and all over the world.”
The only other Mariner to have won the award was Jaime Moyer in 2003. Several former Mariners have won the award while with other teams, including; John Olerud (1993), Omar Vizquel (1996) and Mike Sweeney (2007).