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Nick Hundley wins Willie Mac Award

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The first-year Giant made an impression on his new teammates, winning the 39th Willie Mac Award

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Nick Hundley won the 2017 Willie Mac Award, given to the player on the Giants who "best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by (Willie) McCovey throughout his long career." The backup catcher was awarded the prestigious honor based on a vote from his teammates and coaches.

He’ll join an illustrious list of Giants who make me squeal when they’re brought back for the pre-game ceremonies in subsequent Willie Mac ceremonies. A list of previous winners:

Willie Mac Award winners, 1980-2017

Year Player
Year Player
1980 Jack Clark
1981 Larry Herndon
1982 Joe Morgan
1983 Darrell Evans
1984 Bob Brenly
1985 Mike Krukow
1986 Mike Krukow
1987 Chris Speier
1988 José Uribe
1989 Dave Dravecky
1990 Steve Bedrosian
1991 Robby Thompson
1992 Mike Felder
1993 Kirt Manwaring
1994 (not awarded due to strike)
1995 Mark Leiter
1995 Mark Carreon
1996 Shawon Dunston
1997 J. T. Snow
1998 Jeff Kent
1999 Marvin Benard
2000 Ellis Burks
2001 Mark Gardner
2001 Benito Santiago
2002 David Bell
2003 Marquis Grissom
2004 J. T. Snow
2005 Mike Matheny
2006 Omar Vizquel
2007 Bengie Molina
2008 Bengie Molina
2009 Matt Cain
2010 Andres Torres
2011 Ryan Vogelsong
2012 Buster Posey
2013 Hunter Pence
2014 Madison Bumgarner
2015 Matt Duffy
2016 Javier Lopez, Brandon Crawford (tie)
2017 Nick Hundley

The last Giant to win the award in his first year was Matt Duffy in 2015, and the last catcher to win was Buster Posey in 2012.

Hundley’s offensive production has been right in line with his career marks, but he also drew rave reviews for his veteraninitude when it came to working with young pitchers like Ty Blach, Chris Stratton, and Kyle Crick. He was also a strong thrower behind the plate, too, giving the Giants another arm to control the running game when Buster Posey was sitting.

Congratulations to Nick Hundley for joining a very, very special club. He can walk up and get as many garlic fries as he can carry, no questions asked, for the rest of his life. And if that’s not true, it should be.