Pat Listach hired to manage Tacoma in 2015

Seattle Mariners v Houston AstrosFormer Major League shortstop Pat Listach, who worked last season as the Astros third base coach, has been hired by the Mariners to manage Triple-A Tacoma in 2015, the clubs announced Tuesday.

“Pat has a great deal of experience, as a Major League player and as a Minor League coach and manager,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We are looking forward to having him work with our young players.”

Listach, 47, played with the Brewers and Astros from 1992-97 and was the American League Rookie of the Year for Milwaukee in ’92 when he hit .290 and stole 54 bases. He wound up batting .251 in 503 career games and was in camp with the Mariners in Spring Training of ’98, but was released and finished that year in the Minors before retiring.

The Louisiana native went into coaching in 2000 in the Cubs Minor League system and was Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2008 with Triple-A Iowa afer an 83-59 season, then hired on as the Nationals third base coach from 2009-10. He has a career Minor League managerial mark of 256-217 (.541).

Listach was bench coach for the Cubs in 2011 and their third base coach in ’12, became a Minor League infield coordinator with the Dodgers in ’13 and then worked last year as the Astros infield coach and third base coach under Bo Porter in his hometown of Houston.

“Pat is passionate about teaching, and has a great track record and experience, both as a player and as a coach,” Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn said. “He’s a very good fit for our organization, and for the Rainiers.”

Roy Howell filled in as Tacoma’s manager last year when he was promoted from Double-A Jackson’s hitting coach just prior to the start of the season. Rich Donnelly originally was slated to manage the Rainiers last year, but he joined the Mariners during Spring Training as third base coach after John Stearns was forced to step down due to health issues. Donnelly is expected to remain in that position in 2015 as Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon has indicated his entire staff is returning.

Howell, who led the Rainiers to a 74-70 record, will remain in the Mariners organization, likely returning to Jackson’s staff as hitting instructor.

Cuban pitcher Siverio signs Minor League deal

Misael Siverio, a 25-year-old left-hander from Cuba, has signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners.

Siverio pitched last season in Mexico after defecting from Cuba, taking something of a similar path to Roenis Elias, who had a breakout season for the Mariners last year as a 25-year-old rookie southpaw following three seasons in Seattle’s Minor League system after going from Cuba to Mexico.

“This is a proud moment for me, to be able to join the Seattle Mariners, who have various Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots,” Siverio said in a statement on the team’s blog, which also includes photos and a video. “I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”

Siverio took a physical exam with the Mariners in Seattle earlier this month and toured the team’s facilities. He will take part in the Mariners’ Minor League mini-camp in Peoria, Ariz., in mid-February, which is designed for prospects who aren’t part of the Major League camp.

The 5-foot-9 Siverio pitched 153 games (75 starts) with a 3.24 ERA from 2007-12 with Villa Clara in Cuba’s National Series, the country’s primary amateur league, then had a 2.45 ERA for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League last winter with a 3-1 record, 36 strikeouts and 10 walks in 29 1/3 innings over six starts.

Siverio defected from the Cuban National team in 2013 when the squad was in the United States playing against a college All-Star team in Des Moines, Iowa.

Siverio pitched in front of scouts for about 10 Major League teams at a showcase tryout in June and is one of several Cuban players who’ve drawn interest this offseason.

The biggest name among the Cuban prospects is outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who is drawing high interest from a number of clubs, including the Mariners.

Mariners confirm Cano out 3-4 weeks with broken toe

Samurai Japan v MLB All Stars - Game 3Not a great morning for the Major League Baseball team in Tokyo on Saturday as Robinson Cano broke his toe on a pitch off his right foot and the MLB club wound up getting no hit by four Japanese pitchers in a 4-0 loss in the third game of the Japan series.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has confirmed the initial report out of Tokyo by MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo that x-rays showed Cano’s right pinkie toe was fractured and the six-time All-Star will be sidelined from baseball activities for 3-4 weeks.

The Mariners say Cano will resume full workouts in mid-December and should have no issues with being ready for the start of Spring Training, with Mariners position players due to report to Peoria, Ariz. on Feb. 24.

The injury will not require a cast or treatment, just rest. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin has talked with Cano, who reported no pain.

Cano will miss the rest of the Japan Series, which the MLB team now trails 3-0 with two series games, plus an exhibition, still remaining. Cano went 2-for-10 in three games in Japan.

“It’s part of the game, getting hurt,” Cano told DiComo before leaving the Tokyo Dome and learning of his fracture. “I’ll be fine.”

Cano is one of two Mariners competing against a Japanese All-Star team. Hisashi Iwakuma pitched the second game of the series on Friday and gave up 10 hits and five runs in four innings.

Here’s video of the pitch that injured Cano.

Cano, Felix both in Top 10 in AL MVP voting

CanoPresserRobinson Cano finished fifth in the American League MVP voting announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the top finish by a Mariners player since Ichiro Suzuki won the award in 2001.

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was 10th in the balloting, the highest MVP finish of his career. Hernandez finished one spot ahead of Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, who edged him for the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager got one 10th place vote in the balloting to finish 20th. Two baseball writers in each AL city – 30 overall – vote for 10 finalists for the award, which was won by Angels center fielder Mike Trout.

Trout was the unanimous first-place winner on all 30 ballots, with Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez finishing second, following by Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Cano. Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays initially was listed ahead of Cano, but the BBWAA later corrected the voting totals and flip-flopped those two. Here’s the full breakdown on the voting.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP in 46 years when he beat out Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton for that honor.

The Mariners had previously had only four Top 10 MVP finishers in the 12 seasons since Ichiro won the award in 2001 and three of those went to Ichiro, who finished ninth in 2009, eighth in 2007 and seventh in 2004. Bret Boone was 10th in 2003.

Cano has never won an MVP award, but he’s now finished in the top six in AL voting for five straight years. The 30-year-old second baseman finished third in 2010, sixth in 2011, fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2013 while with the Yankees.

Cano received one second-place vote, from ESPN.com’s Tim Kurkjian, and was named somewhere in the top 10 on 23 of the 30 ballots.

After signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle, Cano put up a .314/.382/.454 line with 37 doubles, 14 home runs and 82 RBIs while batting third for a Mariners team that improved by 16 wins to 87-75 in 2014. Cano also was a top-three finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove at second base.

Hernandez narrowly missed winning his second AL Cy Young, finishing just behind Kluber in the balloting after going 15-6 with an AL-leading 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. While pitchers often don’t fare well among some MVP voters, Hernandez was named second on two ballots – by Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and David Brown of Yahoo Sports — and was listed somewhere in the Top 10 by nine of the 30 writers.

Seager had a breakout season, landing his first AL All-Star berth and Gold Glove Award while leading the Mariners with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs. His one 10th place vote came courtesy of Paul White of USA Today.

Felix second in Cy Young, vows to be better next year

Minnesota Twins v Seattle MarinersAfter putting together what he called the best season of his 10-year career, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez vowed to be even better next year after finishing second to Indians right-hander Corey Kluber on Wednesday when the American League Cy Young Award was handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Kluber was a narrow winner as he was named first on 17 of the 30 ballots, second on 11 and third on two, for 169 points. Hernandez earned 13 first-place votes and 17 second-place votes, putting him 10 points back on the scoring system based on 7-4-3-2-1 points for the five pitchers put on each writer’s ballot.

Here’s the full voting breakdown.

“I don’t know what to say,” Hernandez said. “That was tough. It’s a little disappointing, but it just gives me more motivation to work harder and harder and be ready for next year.”

Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and led the AL with 269 strikeouts in a breakout year for the Indians. White Sox southpaw Chris Sale also had a strong season and finished third, but it was Kluber who took home the trophy as the first Indians winner since Cliff Lee in 2009.

“He beat me in Cleveland. He had a great year,” Hernandez said.  “Sale, Kluber, myself, we all deserve this award. But there’s only one winner and it was Kluber.”

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers was a unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award, the third time he’s won.

Hernandez, 28, won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010 and was second in ’09, fourth in ’12 and eighth in ’13. The only other Seattle pitcher to win the prestigious award was Randy Johnson in 1995.

While finishing second was a tough pill to swallow, Hernandez said there are bigger things ahead for him and the Mariners, who finished one victory shy of tying for the final AL Wild Card spot at 87-75.

“[The Cy Young] means a lot,” he said. “But my goal is just to win the whole thing with this team right here, the Seattle Mariners. They deserve it, the fans deserve it. Individual stuff doesn’t matter, this is a team sport.”

Hernandez went 15-6 while leading the AL in ERA at 2.14 and WHIP at 0.915. He also set a career best in strikeouts, with 248 in 236 innings.

“It was a great year for everybody, my teammates, my coaching staff, they did a great job,” he said. “But next year we’re going to be better. It was a great year, we got close, but we didn’t make the playoffs. Next year will be better.”

As for his own game?

“I can work harder and harder and harder,” Hernandez said. “Every day you learn something else. We’ll see what’s going to happen next year.”

Hernandez’s WHIP was the second-lowest mark by an AL pitcher since 1973, and his ERA was the lowest in the AL since 2000. His win-loss record could have been far better with some more-consistent run support, as he put up a 1.88 ERA in 13 no-decisions.

The Mariners’ ace felt he pitched “way better” in 2014 than in his first Cy Young Award-winning season, and the numbers bore that out. But Kluber’s season was deemed to be even better, with some possibly swayed by a critical loss by Hernandez in Toronto on Seattle’s final road trip when he gave up eight runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings at a time when voters were making up their minds on the close competition.

“I don’t know. Probably,” Hernandez said when asked if that loss made a difference. “It was just one start. So what can I say?”

Hernandez’s statistics were stellar across the board, as he also finished first in the AL in opponents’ batting average (.200), tied for first in starts (34), second in innings and opponents’ slugging percentage (.303) and OPS (.546), fourth in strikeouts and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.39).

The right-hander set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts allowing two or fewer runs in at least seven innings pitched from May 18-Aug. 11, breaking the old record of 13 straight starts by Tom Seaver in 1971. He led the Majors with 23 such “ultra-quality” starts, with Kluber second in the AL at 19.

Hernandez had already been named the AL’s Outstanding Pitcher by the Sporting News and the AL’s Outstanding Pitcher in the Players Choice Awards. He also was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and was Seattle’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

Not adding the Cy Young to that collection hurt, without question.

“A little bit as an individual,” he said. “But I’m going to prepare myself for next year, I’ll prepare harder, I’m going to be in better shape than this year and we’ll see what happens. I can’t wait for next. Next year is going to be a great year for the Seattle Mariners.”

Iwakuma to start Friday’s game in Japan

Iwakuma, HisashiHisashi Iwakuma has been tabbed to start the second game of the Japan Series on Friday in the Tokyo Dome, with the Mariners right-hander throwing for the MLB squad against a Japanese All-Star team from Nippon Professional Baseball.

Iwakuma and Robinson Cano are the two Mariners on the 29-man MLB squad, which will play two exhibition games in Japan – the first on Tuesday and the last on Thursday, Nov. 20 – sandwiched around a five-game series against Japan’s All-Stars.

Iwakuma told reporters in Japan that he’s excited to be playing against his country mates.

“This is the very first [Japan All-Star Series] in eight years, and I’m participating in this event as a representative of Major League Baseball, so I feel very honored,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter. “I was really looking forward to coming back here as an American representative, so I’m very happy for that.”

It’s a bit challenging for pitchers to stay geared up over the offseason, which is why there are 14 hurlers on the MLB squad and specific rules to keep them from being overused. Pitchers will not be allowed to throw more than 80 pitches in any game, though they are allowed to finish at at-bat if it starts below the 80 mark.

If a pitcher throws more than 30 pitches in any one outing or appears in two consecutive games, he must have a day of rest before pitching again, though that rule does not apply for either of the exhibition games.

The games will be televised live on MLB Network at 6 p.m. Japanese time, which is 1 a.m. PT. The five official Japan Series games will also be replayed on tape delay at 6 p.m. PT on the MLB Network, or are available on demand to MLB.TV subscribers.

MLB.com writer Anthony DiComo is in Japan and doing a great job keeping tabs on things. His preview today leads with Cano talking about how much he’s looking forward to the games. You can read that here.

Wilson awards differ greatly from Gold Gloves

Rating defensive prowess is always an interesting challenge in baseball and we see some of the difference of opinion there with Wednesday’s release of the Wilson Defensive Players of the Year.

Wilson picked its nine best position players in the Majors based on a formula using defensive metrics Range Factor, Defensive Runs Saved, Inside Edge Ratings, UZR and fielding percentage. And its selections differed a great deal from the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards issued Tuesday, with Rawlings going 75 percent to the vote of managers and coaches and 25 percent to defensive metrics.

The Wilson Team:

First base – Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
Second base – Ian Kinsler (Tigers)
Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons (Braves)
Third base – Juan Uribe (Dodgers)
Left field – Alex Gordon (Royals)
Center field – Lorenzo Cain (Royals)
Right field – Jason Heyward (Braves)
Catcher – Russell Martin (Pirates)
Pitcher – Johnny Cueto (Reds)

Interestingly, five of those players didn’t win 2014 Gold Gloves, even though Gold Gloves are awarded in each league, while Wilson chose just one player from all of MLB at each position.

Kinsler, Uribe, Cain, Martin and Cueto were the non-Gold Glovers selected first by Wilson’s rating system. So let the debate continue. From my perspective, there’s plenty of room for both awards and it’s nice to have two differing viewpoints as defense indeed is hard to quantify.

Rawlings continues to rely more heavily on the eyeball test and opinion of coaches and managers, though it has added in some defensive metrics in the past two years. Here are this year’s Gold Glove winners. Wilson goes straight by the numbers, which continue to get more advanced as we go.

Wilson also selected the Cincinnati Reds as the best defensive team in baseball, while Heyward earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor.

The Mariners didn’t land anyone on the Wilson team, but Kyle Seager earned his first Rawlings Gold Glove on Tuesday and Seattle’s third baseman was relishing that honor when he spoke with reporters in a conference call on Wednesday from North Carolina. If you haven’t read my story, Seager had some great things to say and you can see it here.

Seager wins first AL Gold Glove award

San Diego Padres v Seattle MarinersKyle Seager has been one of the Mariners top hitters since his arrival in the Major Leagues in 2011, but the young third baseman took a big step forward defensively this past season as well and was rewarded with his first Rawlings American League Gold Glove on Tuesday.

Seager, who turned 27 on Monday, is Seattle’s first Gold Glove winner since outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez in 2010 and just the second Mariners third baseman ever honored, joining Adrian Beltre (2007 and ’08).

Beltre, a four-time winner, and Josh Donaldson of the A’s were the other two finalists for the AL third base award.

Pitcher Felix Hernandez and second baseman Robinson Cano were also top-three finalists for AL Gold Gloves, but Dallas Keuchel of the Astros won the pitching honor, while Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox took the second base award for the fourth time in his career.

Cano claimed the AL Gold Glove at second base in 2010 and 2012 for the Yankees, while Pedroia has now won in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Seager hadn’t been in the Gold Glove conversation until this year, when he rose to the fore in a season when 2013 winner Manny Machado of the Orioles missed considerable time with injuries.

“It is an honor to just be up for the award with all the great third basemen, let alone win the Gold Glove,” said Seager. “I really owe a lot to my coaches, especially Chris Woodward. He helped me tremendously.”

Manager Lloyd McClendon sung Seager’s praises all season, noting the progress made in the field under the tutelage of Woodward, who was in his first year as Seattle’s infield coach.

“He worked extremely hard,” McClendon said. “Woody has done a great job with him as far as his preparation. His awareness of guys in the league and what they’re capable of doing, his positioning is a lot better. And I think his feet are a lot better than they were in the past.”

Seager’s defensive metrics weren’t particularly impressive in the past, but he took a giant leap this year in leading all AL third baseman with a plus-24 rating in runs saved, according to Baseball-Reference.com, three ahead of Oakland’s Josh Donaldson. Seager also had the top “good throws” rating among AL third baseman by The Fielding Bible.

Seager led all Major League third baseman with his .981 fielding percentage, breaking Jeff Cirillo’s club record .973 set in 2002 and the 10th-best percentage by any AL third baseman since 1948. He ranked second among MLB third basemen in assists with 327, double plays with 37 and innings at 1,402.

“I think he has taken the next step,” McClendon said. “I think he’s one of the top third basemen in the league. And rightfully so. He played extremely well on both sides of the ball. And I think he’s only going to get better.”

Seager’s selection snapped a three-year dry spell for the Mariners in the Gold Glove competition. Prior to getting blanked in 2011, the Mariners had at least one Gold Glove winner for 24 straight years, thanks in part to 10 consecutive awards by Ken Griffey Jr. from 1990-99 and then 10 more for Ichiro from 2001-10.

Seager becomes the 12th Gold Glove winner in Mariners history. In addition to Griffey and Ichiro, past Seattle winners are second basemen Harold Reynolds and Bret Boone (three each), first baseman John Olerud (three), pitcher Mark Langston (two), outfielder Mike Cameron (two), Beltre (two), shortstop Omar Vizquel (one) and outfielders Jay Buhner and Gutierrez (one each).

The rest of the AL team named Tuesday included three Royals — left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez as well as three Orioles in shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielders Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.

Felix one of three finalists for AL Cy Young

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle MarinersFelix Hernandez, coming off the best season in his 10-year career, was named one of three finalists for the 2014 American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, joined by Corey Kluber of the Indians and Chris Sale of the White Sox.

Hernandez is the lone Mariners representative as a finalist for the four major Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards for MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year or Rookie of the Year. Those honors will be presented next week on MLB Network broadcasts, with the Cy Young presentation set for Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 3-4 p.m. PT.

Hernandez won the 2010 AL Cy Young and has a chance now to become the first two-time winner in Mariners history. Randy Johnson earned the honor in 1995, the only other Seattle pitcher ever selected.

“To be a finalist for the Cy Young Award is great,” Hernandez said. “That’s what we work for every year, to be one of the best. 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 was selected Monday as the AL’s Outstanding Pitcher in the Players Choice Awards, which are voted on by fellow players. The Cy Young is decided by members of the BBWAA, with two writers from each of the AL’s 15 cities voting at the end of the regular season.

The Mariners ace went 15-6 with an AL-leading 2.14 ERA and career-best 248 strikeouts in 236 innings over 34 starts. He also led the league in WHIP at 0.915 and set a Major League record with 16 consecutive midseason starts of seven or more innings with two or less runs allowed.

Hernandez’s ERA was the fourth-lowest by an AL pitcher in a season of 230 or more innings since the designated hitter was introduced in 1973 and his WHIP was the lowest by an AL pitcher since Petro Martinez’s 0.737 in 2000.

Hernandez, 28, notched his sixth straight season with 200-plus strikeouts and innings, tied for the third-longest streak in MLB history behind the nine of Tom Seaver (1968-76) and seven of Roger Clemens (1987-92) and Walter Johnson (1910-16).

Kluber and Sale had strong seasons as well. Sale finished second behind Hernandez in ERA at 2.17, while Kluber was third at 2.44. Sale was also second to Hernandez in WHIP at 0.97, with Kluber sixth in the league at 1.09.

Sale missed some time to injury early in the season with the White Sox, but finished 12-4 in 174 innings over 26 starts with 208 strikeouts.

Kluber was 18-9 for the Indians and led the AL with 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings over 34 starts.

Opposing batters put up a .200/.243/.303 line against Hernandez, compared to .205/.262/.305 against Sale and .233/.279/.345 vs. Kluber.

Despite Seattle’s 16-win improvement to 87-75, Mariners first-year skipper Lloyd McClendon was not one of the three finalists for the AL Manager of the Year. That award will go to either Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Buck Showalter of the Orioles or Ned Yost of the Royals. Though postseason results aren’t a factor since votes were taken at the end of the regular season, all three finalists did get their teams into the postseason.

AL Rookie of the Year finalists are White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances and Angels starter Matt Shoemaker.

The AL MVP finalists are Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley and Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez.

Felix wins Players Choice honor; is Cy Young next?

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle MarinersMariners ace Felix Hernandez was voted the American League’s Outstanding Pitcher and teammate Chris Young was voted the league’s Comeback Player by their peers as the 2014 Players Choice Awards were presented Monday night on the MLB Network.

Hernandez topped fellow finalists Corey Kluber of the Indians and Chris Sale of the White Sox in what could be a precursor of the AL Cy Young Award voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America that will be announced Nov. 12.

In the 20 previous years since the Players Choice Awards began, the AL’s Outstanding Pitcher went on to win the Cy Young in 18 of those seasons. Hernandez was one of the exceptions when he won the 2010 Cy Young after David Price of the Rays was voted the Players Choice winner. In 1994, the first year of the Players Choice Awards, Jimmy Key of the Yankees won AL Outstanding Pitcher honors, but Kansas City’s David Cone took home the Cy Young.

The Cy Young vote has already taken place as two baseball writers from each AL city voted at the end of the regular season. Players Choice voting also took place during the regular season, with players polled on Sept. 16 in balloting supervised by the accounting firm KPMG.

These were the first Players Choice Awards for a Mariners player since Ichiro Suzuki was selected as the AL Outstanding Player in 2004.

“It is an honor to be selected by the players. It’s an amazing feeling,” Hernandez said. “There are a lot of great pitchers out there and to be selected as the outstanding pitcher in the American League means a lot to me.”

Hernandez put together his best season yet in the Majors as the 10-year veteran went 15-6 with a league-leading 2.14 ERA and a career-best 248 strikeouts in 236 innings over 34 starts. Hernandez led the AL in WHIP at 0.915 and set a Major League record with 16 straight midseason starts of seven or more innings with two or less runs allowed.

“My mentality is always to go out there and do my thing and go deep in the game,” Hernandez said. “Every time I go out there, I’m just trying to win every game.”

Seattle Mariners v Boston Red SoxYoung earned his second Comeback Player of the Year honor, having already been named The Sporting News winner in the same category. He’ll have a chance for a clean sweep when Major League Baseball presents its own Comeback Player Award this Friday.

Young beat out fellow Comeback finalists J.D Martinez and Victor Martinez of the Tigers for his award, with players recognizing his big bounceback season. After not pitching in the Majors in 2013 and being released by the Nationals just a few days before the start of the regular season, the 35-year-old Young signed with Seattle and went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 30 games (29 starts) and helped further solidify a pitching staff that led the AL in ERA.

“As Major League players, we all understand how hard this game is and what we go through to play,” Young said. “Certainly to experience injuries and have to battle that, the game is hard enough when you’re healthy, much less when you’re not. So to have the respect of my peers and be voted, there’s so many worthy candidates, I’m extremely humbled and honored.”

The Major League Baseball Players Trust donates $20,000 grants to the charity of choice for each winner. Hernandez selected Make-A-Wish as his charity, while Young designated Seattle-based programs on DonorsChoose.org, a national group funding public school projects and technology. The Mariners will also make donations to Make-A-Wish and DonorsChoose.org in Hernandez and Young’s names.

“I think it’s great to give back to the city in which I played as a thank you to the fans, the community and the organization for the opportunity they gave me,” said Young, a Princeton graduate who is now a free agent after playing last season on a one-year deal with Seattle.

The other AL awards went to Angels outfielder Mike Trout (Outstanding Player) and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (Outstanding Rookie).

NL winners were Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Outstanding Rookie), Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Outstanding Pitcher), Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee (Comeback Player) and Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Outstanding Player).

Kershaw also won the two honors that are open to players from both leagues — the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award and 2014 Player of the Year.

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