MLBPAA Honors Dustin Pedroia with Red Sox Heart and Hustle Award


One player from each MLB team wins respected honor voted on by Alumni players

WHO: Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia winner of Heart and Hustle Award. Pedroia has been the Heart and Hustle Award winner for the Red Sox three times previously, and is actively involved in the Red Sox Foundation. The award is being presented by Alumni Major Leaguer Jim Rice , who spent his entire 16 year career with the Red Sox, appeared in eight All-Star games, won the Silver Slugger award twice, was named the American League MVP in 1978, and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2009. Rice returned to the Red Sox in 1992, and is now an instructional batting coach for the organization.

WHAT: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2013 Heart and Hustle Award. This esteemed 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, 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), and Mike Trout (2012).

The final winner will be announced Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at the 14th 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 15,000 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. To purchase tickets to this event honoring Bobby Richardson and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, email postoffice@mlbpaa.com .

For more information about the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) , visit www.baseballalumni.com or follow the MLBPAA on Facebook and Twitter @MLBPAA. The official hashtag for this award is #HeartandHustle.

WHEN:           Pre-game presentation on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

WHERE:         Fenway Park , 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3496

Contact: Nikki Warner

Director of Communications

nikki@mlbpaa.com , (719) 477-1870 x. 105

About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)

MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity, and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of over 6,400, of which approximately 5,300 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy.

About Legends for Youth Clinics

MLBPAA’s Legends For Youth clinics impact more than 15,000 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. 

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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) was formed in 1982 in order to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images and protect the dignity of the game through former players. A nonprofit organization, the MLBPAA establishes a place where a player's drive for excellence and achievement on the field can continue long after they take their last steps off the professional diamond.

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Dustin Pedroia will be honored with a pre-game presentation of the Heart and Hustle Award before the Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game on July 25th.
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Hall of Famer Jim Rice will present the Heart and Hustle Award to Dustin Pedroia.
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