MLBPAA announce winners of 12th annual Heart & Hustle Award

July 19th, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players. Voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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 their 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, 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), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014) and Anthony Rizzo (2015).

The final winner will be announced Nov. 15, 2016 at the 17th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. 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 150 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: Todd Frazier

Cleveland Indians: Mike Napoli

Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler

Houston Astros: George Springer

Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Kole Calhoun

Minnesota Twins: Eduardo Nuñez

New York Yankees: Didi Gregorius

Oakland Athletics: Marcus Semien

Seattle Mariners: Nelson Cruz

Tampa Bay Rays: Logan Forsythe

Texas Rangers: Ian Desmond

Toronto Blue Jays: Kevin Pillar

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

Atlanta Braves: Nick Markakis

Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo

Cincinnati Reds: Zack Cozart

Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon

Los Angeles Dodgers: Chase Utley

Miami Marlins: Marcell Ozuna

Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy

New York Mets: Curtis Granderson

Philadelphia Phillies: Andres Blanco

Pittsburgh Pirates: David Freese

San Diego Padres: Jon Jay

San Francisco Giants: Brandon Crawford

St. Louis Cardinals: Stephen Piscotty

Washington Nationals: Daniel Murphy

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.

To learn more about the MLBPAA, please visit www.baseballalumni.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag for this award is #HeartandHustle.

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