The award is the only one voted on by former players.
"The professionalism, dedication and sacrifice he demonstrates on a daily basis represents the way baseball should be played and how the Kansas City Royals expect to be represented," Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu said.
One player is chosen from each MLB team and an overall winner will be announced on Nov. 10 at the 16th 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.
Previous winners were: David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013) and Josh Harrison (2014).