WASHINGTON -- Shortstop Ian Desmond was the winner of the Nationals Heart and Hustle Award. It was presented to him by former Senators pitcher Jim Hannan, who is the current chairman of the MLBPAA Board of Directors.
This 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, all alumni and active players will vote to select the winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, '07), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009) and Roy Halladay (2010).
The final winner will be announced Nov. 3, 2011, at the 12th 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 6,000 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.