Colorado Springs, Colo. - The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2023 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. 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), Mookie Betts (2018), Howie Kendrick (2019), Ozzie Albies (2021) and Paul Goldschmidt (2022). No award was presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The overall winner will be announced in mid-November on MLB Network.
The 30 individual team winners are as follows:
Baltimore Orioles, Anthony Santander
Boston Red Sox, Justin Turner
Chicago White Sox, Andrew Benintendi
Cleveland Guardians, José Ramírez
Detroit Tigers, Matt Vierling
Houston Astros, Kyle Tucker
Kansas City Royals, Bobby Witt Jr.
Los Angeles Angels, Zach Neto
Minnesota Twins, Pablo López
New York Yankees, Isiah Kiner-Falefa
Oakland Athletics, Carlos Pérez
Seattle Mariners, J.P. Crawford
Tampa Bay Rays, Randy Arozarena
Texas Rangers, Marcus Semien
Toronto Blue Jays, Daulton Varsho
Arizona Diamondbacks, Corbin Carroll
Atlanta Braves, Austin Riley
Chicago Cubs, Nico Hoerner
Cincinnati Reds, TJ Friedl
Colorado Rockies, Elias Díaz
Los Angeles Dodgers, Freddie Freeman
Miami Marlins, Luis Arraez
Milwaukee Brewers, Christian Yelich
New York Mets, Brandon Nimmo
Philadelphia Phillies, Garrett Stubbs
Pittsburgh Pirates, David Bednar
San Diego Padres, Ha-Seong Kim
San Francisco Giants, LaMonte Wade Jr.
St. Louis Cardinals, Brendan Donovan
Washington Nationals, Lane Thomas
For more information regarding the Heart and Hustle Award, please contact Kendall Meisner, Director of Communications, by e-mail at [email protected] or by calling (719) 477-1870, ext. 201.
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.