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MLBPAA announces team winners of 15th annual Heart and Hustle Award

The overall winner will be announced Nov. 7 in New York
July 16, 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2019 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

Colorado Springs, Colorado -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2019 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 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), Anthony Rizzo (2015), Todd Frazier (2016), Brett Gardner (2017) and Mookie Betts (2018).

The overall winner will be announced Nov. 7, 2019 at the 20th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the MLBPAA's series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 19,000 children each year at 185 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:

AL TeamPlayerNL TeamPlayer
Baltimore OriolesTrey ManciniArizona DiamondbacksEduardo Escobar
Boston Red SoxRafael DeversAtlanta BravesNick Markakis
Chicago White SoxJames McCannChicago CubsJavier Báez
Cleveland IndiansFrancisco LindorCincinnati RedsJosé Iglesias
Detroit TigersNiko GoodrumColorado RockiesTony Wolters
Houston AstrosJake MarisnickLos Angeles DodgersMax Muncy
Kansas City RoyalsWhit MerrifieldMiami MarlinsMiguel Rojas
Los Angeles AngelsDavid FletcherMilwaukee BrewersLorenzo Cain
Minnesota TwinsByron BuxtonNew York MetsJeff McNeil
New York YankeesDJ LeMahieuPhiladelphia PhilliesJ.T. Realmuto
Oakland AthleticsMarcus SemienPittsburgh PiratesJosh Bell
Seattle MarinersMitch HanigerSan Diego PadresFernando Tatís, Jr.
Tampa Bay RaysAvisaíl GarcíaSan Francisco GiantsPablo Sandoval
Texas RangersHunter PenceSt. Louis CardinalsPaul DeJong
Toronto Blue JaysFreddy GalvisWashington NationalsHowie Kendrick

For more information regarding the Heart and Hustle Award, please contact Nikki Warner, director of communications, by e-mail at Nikki@MLBPAA.com or by calling (719) 477-1870, ext. 105.

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