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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
“[Jonathan] represents his team well as a dedicated, hardworking player,” said John Shelby, member of the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff. “He cares about his team and respects the game.”
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. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, 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) and Josh Harrison (2014).
The final winner will be announced on November 10,2015 at the 16th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 120 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.
Tonight, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association was proud to recognize Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award.
The Heart and Hustle Award recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
Presenting the award to Jonathan Lucroy was former Brewers pitcher and 1971 American League Reliever of the Year, Ken Sanders, and Vice President of Operations from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, Mike Groll.
Of the 30 winners from each Major League team, one player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient, as voted on by the more than 5,300 current and alumni player members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. This winner will be announced at the Legends for Youth Dinner, held in New York City on November 18, 2014.
Congratulations to Jonathan on winning the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award!
Fans, you’ve already voted for Carlos Gomez for the Platinum Glove Award(winner to be announced on Friday, November 8 during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles) and now you have the opportunity to vote for him again!
That’s right, you have until this Friday, November 8, at 3pm CT to vote for Brewers outfielder, Carlos Gomez for Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s (MLBPAA) Heart & Hustle Award.
The Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Major League alumni and active players and is presented annually to a player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
The Heart & Hustle Award will be presented on Tuesday, November 19, at the 14th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.