WHO: First baseman Logan Morrison winner of Heart and Hustle Award. A powerful first baseman, Morrison is receiving his first career Heart and Hustle Award. A passionate player on the field, Morrison is even more passionate about making a difference in his community. Throughout his career, Morrison has established numerous community outreach programs. In 2013, Morrison started Project LoMo and also held the LoMo Camp for a Cure, an affordable baseball camp with proceeds benefiting the American Lung Association. Morrison has been nominated for multiple Roberto Clemente Awards, and has been a finalist for the Hutch Award. This Heart and Hustle award is being presented by former Rays center fielder and current first base coach, Rocco Baldelli.
WHAT: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 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 traditions 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), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).
The overall winner will be announced Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at the 18th 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 16,000 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 www.baseballalumni.com or follow the MLBPAA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MLBPAA. The official hashtag for this award is #HeartandHustle.