Saunders recognized with 2014 Clausen Award

Mariners outfielder dedicates time to cancer awareness, community efforts

Saunders recognized with 2014 Clausen Award

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Michael Saunders has been selected by the Mariners RBI Club as the winner of its 2014 Al "Moose" Clausen Community Service Award.

The honor will be presented to Saunders on Nov. 15 at the RBI Club's annual Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom.

The RBI Club is a group of Mariners season-ticket holders and the Moose Clausen Award is given to a member of the organization -- active or retired -- for significant contributions to the community.

Saunders' life has been touched by cancer and his community involvement reflects that personal connection. Saunders' mother died in 2011 at the age of 50 after a 13-year fight with cancer. Each season, Saunders is involved with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Major League Baseball's "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative.

The Victoria, British Columbia, native also spends time during the offseason on the Mariners Caravan talking with elementary school students about education and staying drug-free, and visiting children at Boys & Girls Clubs.

This past year, Saunders joined Felix Hernandez and manager Lloyd McClendon as spokesmen for the Refuse To Abuse anti-domestic violence public service campaign.

Previous Moose Clausen Award Winners are Jamie Moyer (2001), Dan Wilson ('02), Edgar Martinez ('03), Jay Buhner ('04), Rick Rizzs and Dave Henderson ('05), Raul Ibanez ('06), Dave Valle ('07), John Olerud ('08), Howard Lincoln ('09), Bill Krueger ('10), Julio Cruz ('11), Jack Zduriencik ('12) and Eric and Kate Wedge ('13).

Saunders, 27, was drafted by the Mariners in the 11th round in 2004 and has been with the organization his entire career, including the past six seasons with the Major League club.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.