The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) has named Paul Goldschmidt as the Arizona Diamondbacks 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner. The 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 and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball voted on by former players.
“His play on the field and community service exemplify what a true big leaguer should be,” said Luis Gonzalez, member of the Diamondbacks’ 2001 World Series championship team, in a statement. “On and off the field, he is an example for young players to follow.”
The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, composed of alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each major league team is chosen by the committees based on their 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) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).
The final winner will be announced on Nov. 18 at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.