Felix named AL Pitcher of Year by Sporting News

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle MarinersFelix Hernandez has been named the American League’s top pitcher in 2014 as part of The Sporting News AL All-Star team selected by a vote of baseball executives, becoming the first Mariners player honored since 2010.

Hernandez was also named The Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year in 2010, which was the year he went on to win his first AL Cy Young Award. This year’s Cy Young, which is chosen in a vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, will be announced Nov. 12.

The Sporting News All-Star team selects one player at each position, plus one starting pitcher and one reliever in each league. The Mariners haven’t had a position player named to the AL All-Star squad since outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2009.

Robinson Cano was the AL second baseman on The Sporting News All-Star team the past four years for the Yankees, but saw that run end this year when the Astros’ Jose Altuve was selected at that position.

Hernandez finished the season with a 15-6 record while leading the AL with a 2.14 ERA in 34 starts. He also posted a league-low 0.915 WHIP while racking up a career-best 248 strikeouts in 236 innings. Hernandez started the AL All-Star Game after being selected to his fifth Midsummer Classic.

The only previous AL Pitchers of the Year for the Mariners as selected by The Sporting News were Randy Johnson in 1995 and Hernandez in 2010.

This year’s Sporting News AL All-Star team: catcher Salvador Perez (Royals); first baseman Jose Abreu (White Sox); second baseman Altuve (Astros); shortstop Erick Aybar (Angels); third baseman Adrian Beltre (Rangers); outfielders Mike Trout (Angels),  Michael Brantley (Indians) and Jose Bautista (Blue Jays); designated hitter Victor Martinez (Tigers); pitcher Hernandez (Mariners); and reliever Dellin Betances (Yankees).

The NL All-Star team: catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers); first baseman Anthony Rizzo (Cubs); second baseman Dee Gordon (Dodgers); shortstop Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals); third baseman Anthony Rendon (Nationals); outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Justin Upton (Braves); pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers); and reliever Craig Kimbrel (Braves).

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