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MLBPAA Announces Heart and Hustle Award Winners

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MLBPAA Announces 30 “Winners” For 12th Annual Heart and Hustle Award

Every year, the MLBPAA honors the baseball players that have “demonstrated a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.”

The Heart and Hustle Award is the only award that is voted on by former players. Thirty committees are constructed; one for each MLB team, that determines the winner for that team. Each committee is made up of players that have a connection to the team. The 30 winners from around baseball are as listed.

American League Winners

Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles

Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox

Todd Frazier – Chicago White Sox

Mike Napoli – Cleveland Indians

Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers

George Springer – Houston Astros

Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals

Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels

Eduardo Nunez – Minnesota Twins

Didi Gregorius – New York Yankees

Marcus Semien – Oakland Athletics

Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners

Logan Forsythe – Tampa Bay Rays

Ian Desmond – Texas Rangers

Kevin Pillar – Toronto Blue Jays

National League Winners

Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Nick Markakis – Atlanta Braves

Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs

Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds

Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers

Curtis Granderson – New York Mets

Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

David Freese – Pittsburgh Pirates

Jon Jay – San Diego Padres

Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants

Stephen Piscotty – St. Louis Cardinals

Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals

These players are chosen based on their work ethnic on and off the field. The winner of the 12th Annual Heart and Hustle Award will be decided on November 15th, 2016 at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. That dinner is a big money raiser for the Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. Those clinics provide children the chance to learn the game of baseball from baseball legends.