St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko has been named the team’s finalist for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award.
The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It is the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
“We are proud to present Jedd with this award,” players alumni association CEO Dan Foster said in a statement. “He always has a great attitude and plays hard every day.”
Gyorko, 28, has been one of the Cardinals’ most consistent players this season. He began play Tuesday batting .293 with 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 48 RBIs in 82 games. He has played third base, second base, first base and left field, and has been a designated hitter.
The players group formed 30 committees, comprised of alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each team was chosen by the based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.
All players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. Fans, all alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team honorees.
Previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016). Eckstein and Pujols were with the Cardinals when they won the overall award.
The final winner will be announced Nov. 14 at the 18th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.