7/19/2013 5:01 P.M. ET

2013 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 2013 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 Heart & Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

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), Torii Hunter (2011) and Mike Trout (2012).

The final winner will be announced Nov. 19, 2013, at the 14th 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.

The 30 individual team winners are as follows:

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Nate McLouth
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: Alex Rios
Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis
Detroit Tigers: Don Kelly
Houston Astros: Brandon Barnes
Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: J.B. Shuck
Minnesota Twins: Ryan Doumit
New York Yankees: Brett Gardner
Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson
Seattle Mariners: Raul Ibanez
Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays: Mark DeRosa

National League
Arizona Diamondbacks: Gerardo Parra
Atlanta Braves: Andrelton Simmons
Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
Cincinnati Reds: Shin-Soo Choo
Colorado Rockies: Michael Cuddyer
Los Angeles Dodgers: Nick Punto
Miami Marlins: Juan Pierre
Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez
New York Mets: Daniel Murphy
Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley
Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
San Diego Padres: Chris Denorfia
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond

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

To learn more about the MLBPAA, please visit www.baseballalumni.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLBPAA Events
May 28-30, 2015: Myrtle Beach Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the 2 Live Beyond Foundation, the Reggie Sanders Foundation, the Dream Within You Campaign and Africa New Life Ministries.
May 31, 2015: Seattle 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 6, 2015: Lakewood Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 15, 2015: Regensburg Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 17, 2015: Mainz Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 19, 2015: Stuttgart Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 20, 2015: Whitefish Bay Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 20, 2015: Miami Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 21, 2015: Bonn Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 22, 2015: Chicago Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 25, 2015: Reading Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
June 25, 2015: Reading Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Big Vision Foundation.
June 25, 2015: Milwaukee Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 10, 2015: Minneapolis 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 22, 2015: 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 25, 2015: Springfield Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 25, 2015: Chicago Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
July 28, 2015: 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.
Aug. 1, 2015: Worcester Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 2, 2015: 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.
Aug. 2-3, 2015: Belgrade Lakes Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Alfond Youth Center Foundation.
Aug. 3, 2015: Belgrade Lakes Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 3, 2015: Chicago Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 9-10, 2015: Lake Geneva Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation, Treyton's Field and the MLBPAA.
Aug. 14, 2015: Austin Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit CTX Ability Sports.
Aug. 15, 2015: St. Louis 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. 23, 2015: 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.
Aug. 30, 2015: 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.
Sept. 17, 2015: Harrisburg Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Sept. 25, 2015: Havre de Grace Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Oct. 15, 2015: Fort Worth Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the MLBPAA.
Nov. 10, 2015: Legends for Youth Dinner
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the MLBPAA Legends for Youth Clinic Series.
Complete Event Schedule