Heart & Hustle Award

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Heart & Hustle Award
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Logo for the Heart & Hustle Award
Country United States
Presented by Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association
First awarded 2005
Currently held by Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

The Heart & Hustle Award is given out annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to a current player who not only excels on the field, but also "best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball."[1]

Nominations are taken from the alumni of the teams, and the winner is selected via a letter ballot by the members of the MLBPAA.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Position Team Ref
2005 Eckstein, DavidDavid Eckstein Shortstop St. Louis Cardinals [2]
2006 Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio Second baseman Houston Astros [2]
2007 Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio (2) Second baseman Houston Astros [2]
2008 Sizemore, GradyGrady Sizemore Outfielder Cleveland Indians [2][3]
2009 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols First baseman St. Louis Cardinals [2]
2010 Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay Pitcher Philadelphia Phillies [2]
2011 Hunter, ToriiTorii Hunter Outfielder Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [1]
2012 Trout, MikeMike Trout Outfielder Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [4]
2013 Pedroia, DustinDustin Pedroia Second baseman Boston Red Sox [2]

Other baseball awards for spirit[edit]

  • The Hutch Award is for the "active player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire to win".
  • Players Choice Awards Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award – given to "the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award – given to a player who best exemplifies his character and integrity both on and off the field.
  • Tony Conigliaro Award – given to a player who best overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage.
  • The San Francisco Giants have given the Willie Mac Award since 1980 to "the player on the San Francisco Giants who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by Willie McCovey throughout his long career."
  • The Oakland Athletics have given the Catfish Hunter Award since 2004 to the "player whose play on the field and conduct in the clubhouse best exemplifies the courageous, competitive and inspirational spirit demonstrated by the late ... pitcher, Jim "Catfish" Hunter."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://mlbpaa.mlb.com/mlbpaa/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111104&content_id=25898832&vkey=mlbpaa2008&fext=.jsp
  2. ^ a b c d e f g MLB.com. "Heart and Hustle Award". Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  3. ^ O'Connell, Jack (2008-11-10). "Seaver honored at Alumni Association dinner Cleveland's Sizemore gets Heart and Hustle Award". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ Newman, Mark (November 13, 2012). "Trout adds Heart and Hustle Award to accolades". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved November 14, 2012.