King Felix named AL's top pitcher by Sporting News

Mariners ace also won honor in 2010

King Felix named AL's top pitcher by Sporting News

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez has been named the American League's top pitcher in 2014 as part of the Sporting News AL All-Star team selected by a vote of baseball executives, becoming the first Mariners player honored since '10.

Hernandez was also named Sporting News' AL Pitcher of the Year in 2010, which was the year he went on to win his first AL Cy Young Award. This year's Cy Young Award, which is chosen in a vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, will be announced Nov. 12.

The Sporting News All-Star team selects one player at each position, plus one starting pitcher and one reliever in each league. The Mariners haven't had a position player named to the AL All-Star squad since outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2009.

Robinson Cano was the AL second baseman on the Sporting News All-Star team the past four years for the Yankees, but he saw that run end this year when the Astros' Jose Altuve was selected at that position.

Hernandez finished the season with a 15-6 record, while leading the AL with a 2.14 ERA in 34 starts. He also posted a league-low 0.92 WHIP while racking up a career-best 248 strikeouts in 236 innings. Hernandez started the AL All-Star Game after being selected to his fifth Midsummer Classic.

The only previous AL Pitcher of the Year for the Mariners -- aside from himself in 2010 -- as selected by Sporting News was Randy Johnson in 1995.

This year's Sporting News AL All-Star team: catcher Salvador Perez (Royals); first baseman Jose Abreu (White Sox); second baseman Altuve (Astros); shortstop Erick Aybar (Angels); third baseman Adrian Beltre (Rangers); outfielders Mike Trout (Angels), Michael Brantley (Indians) and Jose Bautista (Blue Jays); designated hitter Victor Martinez (Tigers); pitcher Hernandez (Mariners); and reliever Dellin Betances (Yankees).

The NL All-Star team: catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers); first baseman Anthony Rizzo (Cubs); second baseman Dee Gordon (Dodgers); shortstop Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals); third baseman Anthony Rendon (Nationals); outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Justin Upton (Braves); pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers); and reliever Craig Kimbrel (Braves).

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.