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Video Rewind: Felix and Chris Young Talk About Players Choice Awards

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Felix Hernandez (AL Outstanding Pitcher) and Chris Young (AL Comeback Player) were winners of Players Choice Awards announced earlier this week on the MLB Network. Both players were interviews on the MLB Network as part of the selection show. You can vie the videos below.

Felix Hernandez – A.L. Cy Young Award Finalist

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award along with Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. The announcement was made by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) on MLB Network.

The A.L. Cy Young Award winner will be announced live on MLB Network on Wednesday, November 12 (3-4 pm PT).

“To be a finalist for the Cy Young Award is great, that’s what we work for every year, to be one of the best,” said Hernandez. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work that I put in during the offseason and it is great to be mentioned as one of the best pitchers in the American League.”

Hernandez, 28, has already been named the American League’s Outstanding Pitcher by the Sporting News and the American League Outstanding Pitcher by his peers to earn his first Players Choice Award. He was also named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove, was Seattle’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and is Fred Hutch Award nominee (community service award).

He led the AL with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP while yielding a league-low 6.5 hits per nine innings over 34 starts for the Mariners. Felix went 15-6 with 248 strikeouts in his 10th season in the Majors.

Hernandez posted the 4th-lowest ERA for an AL pitcher in a season of 230.0 or more innings since the advent of the Designated Hitter in 1973, behind the Yankees Ron Guidry (1.74 in 1978), Toronto’s Roger Clemens (2.05 in 1997) and Baltimore’s Jim Palmer (2.09 in 1975). He led the American League in WHIP at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737).

He ranked amongst the American League leaders in ERA (1st, 2.14), Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34), Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.39) and Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46).

Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award when he went 13-12 and led the league in ERA (2.27), starts (34) and innings pitched (249.2). Randy Johnson (1995) is the only other Mariners pitcher to win the A.L. Cy Young Award.

Players Choice Awards – Charitable Donations from Felix and Chris

MLB’s end-of-season awards are in full swing and Mariners players have been featured among the finalists and winners.

Players Choice Awards, which are voted on by the players themselves, were given out tonight on the MLB Network. Felix Hernandez received the American League Outstanding Pitcher and Chris Young was named American League Comeback Player. (Chis was also named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year two weeks ago.)

In honor of each winner, the Major League Baseball Players Trust donates grants to the charity of the player’s choice. Felix has chosen Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington as the recipient of his $20,000 grant, and Young has designated DonorsChoose.org as beneficiary of his $20,000 donation.

Since arriving in Seattle, Felix has reached out to numerous kids with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to help bring hope and joy to each child. He has visited hundreds of children at local hospitals and has granted wishes and entertained kids from the Make-A-Wish on numerous occasions. He also helps Make-A-Wish fundraising events and has donated countless autographed items over the years.

Sophia Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska, fulfilled her wish to meet Felix Hernandez in 2013. He’s kept in close touch with the family ever since.

Sophia Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska, fulfilled her wish to meet Felix Hernandez in 2013. He’s kept in close touch with the family ever since.

Young’s award will benefit Seattle projects listed on DonorsChoose.org, an online crowd-funding model that teachers use to pay for supplies, technology or experiences they want their students to have. (Sort of like Kickstarter for small, classroom-based projects.) Chris and his wife Liz are longtime supporters of education and have themselves made several donations to worthy projects through DonorsChoose.org.

Chris Young, right, is joined by teammates and volunteers at the MLBPA Buses for Baseball event that gave a group of underserved kids a day at Safeco Field.

Chris Young, right, is joined by teammates and volunteers at the MLBPA Buses for Baseball event that gave a group of underserved kids a day at Safeco Field.

In honor of Felix and Chris, the Mariners will make donations to Make-A-Wish and DonorsChoose.org in their names.

Felix and Young Win Players Choice Awards

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Seattle Mariners pitchers Felix Hernandez (American League Most Outstanding Pitcher) and Chris Young (American League Comeback Player of the Year) were recognized by their fellow players in the annual Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards.

Hernandez, 28, was named the American League Outstanding Pitcher by his peers to earn his first Players Choice Award. He led the AL with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP while yielding a league-low 6.5 hits per nine innings over 34 starts for the Mariners. Felix went 15-6 with 248 strikeouts in his 10th season in the Majors.

Young, 35, returned to the Majors for the first time since 2012 to go 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA (67 ER, 165.0 IP) in 30 games/29 starts with the Mariners. The 6-10 right-hander did not pitch in the Majors in 2013 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. From 2009-2012, Young made just 42 Major League starts battling various shoulder injuries.

This is the first Players Choice Award for a Mariners player since Ichiro was selected as the AL Outstanding Player in 2004.

The Players Choice Awards, presented by PlayStation, benefit the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. Players Choice Awards have been presented each year since 1992.

2014 Players Choice Award Winners:

American League:
Outstanding Player: Mike Trout (LA Angels)
Outstanding Pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Seattle)
Outstanding Rookie: Jose Abreu (Chicago White Sox)
Comeback Player: Chris Young (Seattle)

National League:
Outstanding Player: Giancarlo Stanton (Miami)
Outstanding Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers)
Outstanding Rookie: Jacob deGrom (NY Mets)
Comeback Player: Casey McGehee (Miami)

Player of Year: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles)
Man of the Year: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles)

Felix Hernandez Runner-Up for Luis Aparicio Award

Felix Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award and was the runner-up in 2010 & 2014.

Felix Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award and was the runner-up in 2010 & 2014.

In the last month, Felix Hernandez has won an A.L. ERA crown, was named a Sporting News All-Star and was named as a finalist for an American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Hernandez was also in the running for the Luis Aparicio Award, which is given annually to a Venezuelan player in Major League Baseball who is judged to have recorded the best individual performance in that year. The winner of the award is determined by a vote conducted by Venezuelan sports journalists and Spanish-language media around the world. It is named after former MLB shortstop Luis Aparicio, who is the only player from Venezuela to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, Hernandez came up just short of Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Hernandez received 28 first place votes, 36 second place, 31 third place, four fourth place and one fifth place vote to finish second, ahead of Detroit’s Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera.

Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award after finishing second in the A.L. Cy Young Award voting, but did not repeat as the winner in 2010 after his Cy Young season.

Let’s hope history repeats itself and Felix Hernandez is named as the 2014 Cy Young Award winner next month.

Kyle, Felix, Robinson Named Gold Glove Finalists

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Three finalists at each position in the American League and National League were announced today for the prestigious Rawlings® Gold Glove.

Mariners Kyle Seager (3B), Robinson Cano (2B) and Felix Hernandez (P) were among the three players at their respective positions to be named finalists. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 4 at 4 pm PT on Baseball Tonight on ESPN2.

The Rawlings® Gold Glove selection process is based approximately via 75% votes by manager and coaches (up to 7 per team, can’t vote for players on own team) and 25% based on the SABR Defensive Index (statistical based).

The Mariners have not had a Gold Glove winner since Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez in 2010. Seattle had at least one winner 24 consecutive seasons from 1987-2010.

Felix Hernandez Named Sporting News All-Star

Felix Hernandez was named a Sporting News All-Star.

Felix Hernandez was named a Sporting News All-Star.

Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the starting pitcher on the Sporting News American League All-Star team.

Hernandez went 15-6 with an American League-leading 2.14 ERA in 34 starts in 2014.

The All-Star team was selected by a panel of 20 American League General Managers and Assistant General Managers. The Sporting News has been selecting postseason All-Star teams since the 1920s.

The above image of Felix is courtesy of SN and pays homage to the Topps’ classic 1954 baseball cards.

Felix Hernandez Selected as Hutch Award Finalist

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Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Hutch Award.

Here are detailed sketches of all 10 finalists for the award.

This year we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hutch Award at the Hutch Award Luncheon while raising funds to benefit cancer research at Fred Hutch. Over the past 15 years, the Hutch Award Luncheon has raised gross proceeds of more than $4.3 million to support lifesaving research.

Presented each year in Seattle at Safeco Field, and ranked as one of the top annual awards given to a Major League Baseball player, the Hutch Award recognizes the MLB player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of the legendary leader and Seattle native, Fred Hutchinson.

Felix has been a team leader, both on and off the field, in his 10 seasons with the Mariners after debuting as a 19-year-old in 2005. In the community he is been heavily involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Humane Society, is the spokesperson for the “Refuse to Abuse” campaign in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Seattle native Macklemore launch a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign. Felix is also the Mariners nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award.

On the field Felix is one of the most dominating pitchers in the Majors, going 15-6 with an American League-leading 2.14 ERA in 2014 and is 125-92 with a 3.07 ERA in 303 career starts. He is a 5-time All-Star, including being selected as the starting pitcher for the AL in the 2014 Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis.

The 2015 luncheon will be held at Safeco Field (left field playing surface) on Thursday, January 29. Past winners of the Hutch Award include Raul Ibañez (2013), Jamie Moyer (2003), Omar Vizquel (1996) and John Olerud (1993) to name just a few.

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Felix Hernandez is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Hutch Award.

Felix Facts

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With the 2014 season now completed, we put the following information together on Felix Hernandez and his amazing season. We are hopeful Felix will win his second American League Cy Young Award, and the below information supports the cause.

FELIX HERNANDEZ | Cy Young Award

  • The Record – 15-6, 2.14 ERA (56 ER, 236.0 IP) in 34 starts (27 quality starts).
  • ERA Title - Claimed his second AL ERA title with a 2.14 mark ahead of Chris Sale (2.17).
  • Low ERA – ERA of 2.14 was the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez recorded a 1.74 mark in 2000.
  • Strong Finish - Posted a 1.66 ERA (7 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts in September (2-1, 3 ND).
  • WHIP Leader - Had the lowest WHIP in the AL at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737).
  • AL Leaderboard - ERA (1st, 2.14), Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34), Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.39), Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46).
  • The Felix Quality Start - Set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings May 18-August 11…old record was 13 straight starts by Tom Seaver in 1971.
  • 200 Strikeouts - Is the only pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons (since 2009)…recorded his 6th consecutive season exceeding 200 strikeouts and 200.0 innings pitched; tied for 3rd-longest streak in MLB history behind Tom Seaver (9, 1968-76), Roger Clemens (7, 19867-92) and Walter Johnson (7, 1910-16),
  • Opponent Batting Average – Led the AL with a .200 opponent batting average.
  • Opponent On-Base Pct - Recorded the lowest opponent on-base percentage in the AL at .243, the 3rd-lowest by an AL pitcher during the designated hitter era (since 1973), trailing only Pedro Martinez (.213 in 2000) and Justin Verlander (.242 in 2011).
  • OPS & Slugging – Held opponents to a .546 OPS (2nd in AL) and .303 slugging percentage (2nd in AL).
  • You’ll Get 7.0 – Pitched at least 7.0 innings in 24 of 34 starts, 2nd-best in AL (Price, 26).
  • 2 of Fewer Runs Allowed - Allowed 2 or fewer runs in AL leading 25 starts (Kluber 2nd with 23).
  • Team Leader – The Mariners were 22-12 when Felix started on the mound…posted an 8-4 record and 2.10 ERA in 19 starts following a Mariners team loss.
  • No-Decision – Recorded a 1.88 ERA in 13 no-decisions (2.09 run support average in no-decisions).
  • Sabermetrics - Ranked 6th in the AL in overall WAR (2nd amongst pitchers) at 6.2.
  • All-Star Starter – Was the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star game in Minneapolis (scoreless inning, 2 K).

And here are some videos of King Felix:

2014 Mariners Award Winners

Prior to Friday’s Fan Appreciation Game, several players were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2014 season. Here are some photos of the players that were honored tonight:

Felix Hernandez was named the Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Felix Hernandez was named the Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Chris Young was named the Unsung Hero.

Chris Young was named the Unsung Hero.

Fernando Rodney was presented with a Fireman's Hat for setting the Mariners single-season saves record.

Fernando Rodney was presented with a Fireman’s Hat for setting the Mariners single-season saves record.

Kyle Seager was presented the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award.

Kyle Seager was presented the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award.

Felix Hernandez was honored as the Mariners recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Felix Hernandez was honored as the Mariners recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

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