The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) has announced that second year outfielder George Springer will receive the Heart and Hustle Award for the Houston Astros in 2015. This award is handed out by the MLBPAA to one player on each of the 30 MLB teams and is given to players that, “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game.” This is the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
In a statement, former Astro and current Houston play-by-play analyst Geoff Blum said of Springer, “(George) is consistent and hard working on and off the field. He is fun to watch.”
The MLBPAA has formed 30 committees, comprised of former players with relationships to each team. One player is chosen from each team and will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season continues, fans, alumni, and active players will vote to select the final winner to be announced on November 10th at a dinner in New York City.
The MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of, “promoting baseball, raising money for charity, and protecting the dignity of the game through it’s alumni players.” The association’s headquarters are in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of 7,400. To learn more about the MLBPAA or the Heart and Hustle Award, you can visit www.baseballalumni.com or follow the association on Facebook and Twitter.
Former winners of the Heart and Hustle Award:
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)