The MLBPAA has named Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia as the winner of its annual "Heart and Hustle" award. Here's how the Players' Association describes the honor:
Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Alumni and active Major League players and is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
Pedroia is indeed widely regarded as a max-effort ballplayer who's skilled not only at the plate but also in the field and on the bases. This past season, Pedroia, in addition to helping his team win the World Series, batted .301/.372/.415 with 42 doubles, 17 stolen bases and an AL-leading 724 plate appearances. He also won his third Gold Glove and made the All-Star team for the fourth time.
Here's a list of previous Heart and Hustle winners:
2012 - Mike Trout, Angels
2011 - Torii Hunter, Angels
2010 - Roy Halladay, Phillies
2009 - Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2008 - Grady Sizemore, Indians
2007 - Craig Biggio, Astros
2006 - Craig Biggio, Astros
2005 - David Eckstein, Cardinals