MLBPAA Honors Ian Desmond with Nationals Heart and Hustle Award; One player from each MLB team wins respected honor voted on by Alumni players

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MLBPAA Honors Ian Desmond with Nationals Heart and Hustle Award

One player from each MLB team wins respected honor voted on by Alumni players

WHO: Washington Nationals infielder Ian Desmondwinner of Heart and Hustle Award. This is Desmond’s fourth Heart and Hustle Award with the Nationals. The award is being presented by Alumni Major Leaguer Rick Schu. Schu currently serves as the Nationals batting coach, a role he transitioned into after nine years of Major League service and more than 15 years of coaching experience. During his playing career, Schu spent time with the Phillies, Orioles, Expos, Angels and Tigers.

WHAT: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2015 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 tradition of 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 the passion desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. 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 Tuesday, November 10th, 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, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. To purchase tickets to this event, email [email protected].

For more information about the MLBPAA, visit or follow the MLBPAA on Facebook and Twitter @MLBPAA. The official hashtag for this award is #HeartandHustle.

About the MLBPAA

The MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity, inspiring and educating youth through positive sport images, and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 7,400, of which approximately 5,600 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy.

WHEN:             Pre-game presentation on Saturday, September 19th, 2015

WHERE:            Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St., Washington, DC 20003


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