Eric Hosmer wins Royals 2017 Heart and Hustle Award - KCTV5

Eric Hosmer wins Royals 2017 Heart and Hustle Award

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The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. (AP) The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. (AP)
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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced on Tuesday that Eric Hosmer has been selected as the Kansas City Royals 2017 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 traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“We are proud to present Eric Hosmer with the Heart and Hustle Award again,” said MLBPAA chief executive officer Dan Foster. “His work both on and off the field embodies the spirit of this award.”

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 their 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.

Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox won the award in 2016.

The final winner will be announced on Nov. 14, at the 18th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. The event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 16,000 children each year at 185 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

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