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Choo honored with Reds' Heart & Hustle Award

CINCINNATI -- Before batting leadoff and playing center field for the Reds on Wednesday, Shin-Soo Choo was honored as the recipient of the club's Heart & Hustle Award.

Given out by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the award is presented to one player on each team who "demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game." Bench coach Chris Speier, a former three-time All-Star, presented Choo with the award.

Along with his play and demeanor on the field, Choo was honored for his work through his foundation (Choo Foundation), which helps disadvantaged people in his native South Korea.

Later in the season, Major League alumni and current players will vote on an overall winner selected from the 30 team recipients. That player will be announced on Nov. 19, at the 14th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. Last year's winner was the Angels' Mike Trout.

Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for
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