in another first of his career, it was announced today that Michael Brantley is the Cleveland Indians' recipient of the 2014 MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award! congratulations! =D
like many of you, i'm sure, i didn't know much about this award when i heard this. so i had to do a little research to find out that the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association created the Heart
& Hustle Award in 2005, and it is given annually to active players
who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values,
spirit, and traditions of the game. that sounds like Michael to me. this honor is awarded to 30 preliminary winners, one player on every team. it is the only award in baseball that is voted on by former players.
the MLBPAA has 30 committees made up of alumni players with established relationships to each major league team. these committees choose one player from each team based on his passion, desire, and work ethic both on and off the field. then at the end of the season, fans, alumni, and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. that final winner will be announced on November 18, 2014 at the 15th annual Legends for Youth dinner in NYC.
Michael will be recognized for his Heart & Hustle Award prior to a future Indians home game. and good luck to him in the final vote. Tribe fans better actively participate to make him the definitive winner! =D
a list of the other 2014 team recipients can be found here. past Indians recipients include Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, and Grady Sizemore. Sizemore won the overall award in 2008.