The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced Hunter Pence as the San Francisco Giants 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner.
This 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 Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
“He loves the game, loves to play, and is a great example to young players,” said Duane Kuiper, Giants broadcaster and former Giants second baseman. “Kids can learn how to play the game right by watching him.”
One player from each Major League team is chosen by the MLBPAA's 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.
The final winner will be announced on November 18,2014 at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.
Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association media services contributed to this article