Heart and Hustle winners named by MLBPAA

July 18th, 2017

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), (2008), (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), (2012), (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), (2015) and (2016).

The 30 preliminary winners for 2017 are:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore Orioles:

Boston Red Sox:

Chicago White Sox:

Cleveland Indians:

Detroit Tigers:

Houston Astros:

Kansas City Royals:

Los Angeles Angels:

Minnesota Twins:

New York Yankees:

Oakland Athletics:

Seattle Mariners:

Tampa Bay Rays:

Texas Rangers:

Toronto Blue Jays:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona Diamondbacks:

Atlanta Braves:

Chicago Cubs:

Cincinnati Reds:

Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Miami Marlins: J.T. Realmuto

Milwaukee Brewers:

New York Mets:

Philadelphia Phillies:

Pittsburgh Pirates:

San Diego Padres:

San Francisco Giants:

St. Louis Cardinals:

Washington Nationals:

"This year's Heart and Hustle Award winners are a true representation of the legacy of the game and the players who have come before them," said Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, president of the MLBPAA. "It is clear that these 30 men chosen all play the game with relentless pursuit."

Voting for the 30 preliminary players took place before the All-Star break. Thirty voting committees were formed, comprised of alumni players with established relations to each team, to select the winners. Each of the winners will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game for their team, beginning with the Braves on Wednesday.

Toward the end of the season, all alumni and active players will vote for a final winner from among the 30 teams. The final winner will be announced on Nov. 14, during the 18th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.

The Legends for Youth Dinner is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth clinics that are held around the country, which have enabled more than 16,000 kids to learn from and interact with players who have left a lasting impact on the game.