SEATTLE -- The annual Seattle Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards were given to Mariners players in a ceremony on the field prior to Friday's game against the Rangers.
John Jaso won the Unsung Hero Award, Kyle Seager was awarded the Most Valuable Player and Felix Hernandez was chosen as the Most Valuable Pitcher. Additionally, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association awarded Munenori Kawasaki the Heart and Hustle Award and Hernandez the Moment of the Year for his perfect game.
Jaso started the season as the third catcher and occasional designated hitter but has worked his way into more consistent playing time with his performance at the plate. Jaso has 13 game-winning RBIs and has reached base safely in 37 of 40 starts since the All-Star break. He is batting .308 (36-for-117) in 36 starts behind the dish.
"Obviously, we acquired him because we liked him as a player, but you look at what he's meant to our club, in regard to game-winning hits and [he's] really come a long way behind home plate," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "Like the way he swings the bat and handles himself, carries himself in a very professional manner. Good heartbeat. There's a lot to like there. He's been involved in a lot of what we've done this year."
As for Seager, the first-year third baseman is batting .258 with a team-leading 18 home runs and 81 RBIs.
"If you look at our most consistent offensive player, producer and guy's playing every day, it's Kyle," Wedge said. "I think we got a couple other guys that have really come a long way this year, too, and a couple others that are on their way. Maybe a tad behind, but you can see the progress they're making and ultimately where that can end up. Well deserved for Kyle."