7/12/2012 4:49 P.M. ET

2012 Heart & Hustle Award winners announced

Committees honor one player from each club; overall winner revealed in Nov.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2012 Heart & 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. 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 Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010) and Torii Hunter (2011).

The final winner will be announced Nov. 13, 2012, at the 13th 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 6,500 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.

The 30 individual team winners are as follows:

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: Alex Rios
Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis
Detroit Tigers: Austin Jackson
Kansas City Royals: Jeff Francoeur
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins: Jamey Carroll
New York Yankees: Curtis Granderson
Oakland Athletics: Jonny Gomes
Seattle Mariners: Munenori Kawasaki
Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist
Texas Rangers: David Murphy
Toronto Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion

National League
Arizona Diamondbacks: Willie Bloomquist
Atlanta Braves: Martin Prado
Chicago Cubs: Darwin Barney
Cincinnati Reds: Chris Heisey
Colorado Rockies: Michael Cuddyer
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
Los Angeles Dodgers: Jerry Hairston
Miami Marlins: Jose Reyes
Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart
New York Mets: David Wright
Philadelphia Phillies: Carlos Ruiz
Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
San Diego Padres: Nick Hundley
San Francisco Giants: Melky Cabrera
St. Louis Cardinals: David Freese
Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper

For more information regarding the Heart & Hustle Award, please contact Nikki Warner, public relations coordinator, by email at Nikki@MLBPAA.com or by calling (719) 477-1870, ext. 105.

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MLBPAA Events
May 30, 2016: San Juan Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
May 31, 2016: Puerto Rico Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
June 4, 2016: Hartford Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 4, 2016: Lakewood Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 6, 2016: Berlin Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 8, 2016: Hamburg Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 9, 2016: Marl Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 10, 2016: Hannover Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 11, 2016: Miami Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 12, 2016: Charlevoix Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 12, 2016: Charlevoix Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit Charlevoix Little League.
June 13, 2016: Milan Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 14, 2016: Parma Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 15, 2016: Bologna Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 17, 2016: Miami Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
June 17, 2016: Rimini Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 18, 2016: Whitefish Bay Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 20, 2016: Florence Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 20, 2016: Loveland Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit The Miracle League.
June 21, 2016: Rome Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 25, 2016: Salinas Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 25, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 25, 2016: Reading Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Big Vision Foundation.
July 7, 2016: Las Vegas Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 8, 2016: Huntington Beach Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 8, 2016: Compton Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 10, 2016: San Diego Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
July 21, 2016: Boston Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
July 13, 2016: San Diego Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 15, 2016: Temecula Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 15, 2016: Cincinnati Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
July 16, 2016: Worcester Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 18, 2016: Waipahu Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 19, 2016: Hilo Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 20, 2016: Lihue Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 20, 2016: Stillwater Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 21, 2016: Wailuku Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 23, 2016: North Chicago Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 25, 2016: New York Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
July 27, 2016: Baltimore Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
July 30, 2016: Springfield Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 30, 2016: Danbury Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 30, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 5, 2016: Phoenix Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
Aug. 6, 2016: Basalt Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 7, 2016: Toronto Coaches Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 8, 2016: Toronto Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 18, 2016: North Carolina Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
Aug. 20, 2016: Atlanta Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
August 27, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 30, 2016: Arlington Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
Sept. 2, 2016: Denver Alumni Day
The Alumni Day Series consists of a pre-game reception hosted at Major League Baseball Stadiums and includes two free tickets for each former player and their guest.
Sept. 11-12, 2016: Lake Charles Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the MLBPAA.
Sept. 23, 2016: Jacksonville Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Florida.
Sept. 24, 2016: Jacksonville Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
September 24, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Oct. 13, 2016: Fort Worth Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the MLBPAA Legends for Youth Clinic Series.
October 29, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Nov. 15, 2016: Legends for Youth Dinner
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the MLBPAA Legends for Youth Clinic Series.
November 26, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
December 31, 2016: Visalia Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Complete Event Schedule