2014 Heart & Hustle Award winners announced

Committees honor one player from each club; overall winner revealed Nov. 18

July 22nd, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart & Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on the passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).

The final winner will be announced Nov. 18, 2014, at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth baseball clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

The 30 individual team winners are as follows:

American League

Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones

Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia

Chicago White Sox: Adam Eaton

Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley

Detroit Tigers: Don Kelly

Houston Astros: Jose Altuve

Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Mike Trout

Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

New York Yankees: Brett Gardner

Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson

Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager

Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Kiermaier

Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre

Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward

Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz

Cincinnati Reds: Skip Schumaker

Colorado Rockies: Corey Dickerson

Los Angeles Dodgers: Dee Gordon

Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich

Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy

New York Mets: Daniel Murphy

Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley

Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison

San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross

San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence

St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter

Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond

For more information regarding the Heart & Hustle Award, please contact Nikki Warner, director of communications, by email at [email protected] or by calling (719) 477-1870, ext. 105.

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