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Curtis Granderson received the Heart and Hustle Award from another Yankees center fielder, Mickey Rivers, before Tuesday night’s game at Yankee Stadium. Granderson, the Yankees’ current center fielder, is the team’s representative for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s annual award to honor active player 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 club. 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. 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.
Previous overall winners were Craig Biggio in 2006 and ’07, Grady Sizemore in 2008, Albert Pujols in 2009, Roy Halladay in 2010 and Torii Hunter in 2011.
The final winner for 2012 will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the 13th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. The event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics, which impact more than 10,000 children each year. Two of my favorite people in the game, Dave Winfield and Rusty Staub, will be honored at this year’s dinner. To purchase tickets for the event, visit http://ow.ly/ch395.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association honored Curtis Granderson before Thursday’s game at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees’ 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 tradition of the game.
That is Granderson to a tee. He is involved in numerous charitable endeavors that included an off-season trip to New Zealand during the past off-season and is having a career year for the Yankees. Granderson hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 6-5 victory over the Angels one day after going deep twice in Wednesday night’s 9-3 triumph. His 32 home runs are tied with Mark Teixeira for the team lead.
A national winner of the Heart and Hustle Award among the 30 representatives of each team will be announced Nov. 3 at the 12th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York.
Brett Gardner will be honored Wednesday in a pre-game ceremony at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees’ winner of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association 2010 Heart and Hustle Award, which honors one active player from each of the 30 big-league clubs who “demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.”
Is there a better way to describe the Yankees’ left fielder? Gardner has been a sparkplug at the bottom of the order, a pesky hitter who taxes pitchers by taking them deep in the count. Brett is one of the best examples of why it is more difficult pitching in the American League than the National League where pitchers are required to bat. Find me any pitcher who will grind out at-bats the way Gardner does.
All Alumni and active players will vote to select the final Heart and Hustle Award winner from the 30 team winners to be announced Nov. 5 at the 11th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in Manhattan.
Earlier Tuesday, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visited two Bronx schools – PS 186 at 750 Jennings Street and PS 146 at 968 Caldwell Avenue – to survey the locations that have been re-designed by Out2Play. The Yankees are representing the non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building and refurbishing playgrounds throughout the New York City public school system for the Pepsi Refresh Project.
Each major league club has outlined an idea that they are passionate about and will vie for fans votes and an ultimate $20,000 Pepsi Refresh grand to fulfill the project. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, to cast their votes at http://www.mlb.com/PepsiRefresh or via text by typing the team name “YANKEES” to 76462.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was one of six July nominees for the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Award Presented by Pepsi. The award recognizes the player who consistently performed at his best when the game was on the line during the month of July.
Last month, Teixeira batted .344 with 10 doubles, 8 home runs, 26 RBI, a .462 on-base average and a .698 slugging percentage in 26 games covering 96 at-bats. The other nominees are Padres relief pitcher Heath Bell, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Giants catcher Buster Posey and Twins outfielder Delmon Young.
Fans may visit pepsiclutch.mlb.com to vote for their favorite nominee. Online voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, with the winner announced Aug. 6. At the conclusion of the season, fans will have the chance to vote for the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Award, which will be presented during the post-season.