Named after former Detroit Tigers player-manager Fred Hutchinson, the annual award honors a player “who demonstrates the honor, courage and dedication exemplified by Hutchinson,” according to MLB.com.
Kazmir, who achieved success early in his career with Tampa Bay, battled back from the independent leagues in 2012 to earn a job with the Tribe. He finished the season with a 10-9 record and a 4.04 ERA.
Hutchinson also managed the Reds and Cardinals. He led Cincinnati to the 1961 and managed them in the final year of his life after being diagnosed with cancer in 1964.
Other nominees for this year’s Hutchinson Award include Jason Motte (Cardinals), Raul Ibanez (Mariners), Alex Gordon (Royals), Jeremy Affeldt (Giants), Neal Cotts (Rangers), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Sean Doolittle (Athletics), Craig Breslow (Red Sox) and John Danks (White Sox).
The award ceremony is set for Jan. 30 at Safeco Field in Hutchinson’s hometown of Seattle. Last year’s winner was Barry Zito of the Giants.
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