Heart and Hustle Award 2013
Drew and I decided to collaborate on this post, because we are both working on this project together! Heart and Hustle is something we are both extremely excited about, and we wanted to share it with some of you who may not know about it!
The Heart and Hustle Award was established in 2005. It is the only MLB award that is voted on by Alumni players, as well as active Major League players. This award is presented annually to a player who:
- Demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball
- Who best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game
The Heart and Hustle award is a unique recognition and is also set apart from just standard on the field performance.
The Award Procedure:
The MLBPAA forms 30 committees (one for each MLB team) which are composed of Alumni Players who have ties with or work closely to each team. Each committee member is asked to nominate one player who they feel embodies the award description and who will represent their team.
After the first stage of balloting is complete, the MLBPAA announces the 30 preliminary winners from each Major League team; the announcement is made the Thursday following the All-Star game.
Once the winners have been announced, the awards are presented throughout the second half of the season during on field pregame ceremonies at each Major League Baseball park.
Award Presentations from 2012: On top, award recipient Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones and Alumni presenter Dave Johnson; on the bottom, award recipient Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout with Alumni Bobby Grich and MLBPAA Public Relations Coordinator Nikki Warner.
That’s just the first part of the award. Although all of these players embody this award, only one of them will be named the Heart and Hustle final award winner.
When the season comes to a close, we allow all Alumni, active Major League players, and fans to vote on the final Heart and Hustle award winner. Fans are able to do this through MLB.com so look to the MLBPAA Twitter and Facebook in October for when voting will start.
The final award is presented in November at our annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.
The Heart and Hustle award is a huge honor and something that the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association is proud to recognize.
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