First baseman Eric Hosmer has been selected as the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award winner for the Kansas City Royals.
The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It isthe only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, one for each team and each with alumni players with established relationships to thatteam. Each committee selects a playerbased on hispassion, desire and work ethic demonstrated on and off the field.
As the season ends,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), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).
The overallwinner will be announced Nov. 14at the 18th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City, the primary fund-raiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics.