Trea Turner was named the Los Angeles Dodgers’ winner of the 2022 Heart and Hustle Award, which is presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to one player on each team who “best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball,” along with factoring in on-field performance.
Turner was also selected as the Washington Nationals recipient for the award in 2021, while Chris Taylor was given the honor for the Dodgers.
Recent Dodgers winners include Max Muncy (2019), Matt Kemp (2018), Justin Turner (2017), Chase Utley (2016) and Joc Pederson (2015).
Turner has been having another All-Star season in his first full year in L.A. while starting in every one of the Dodgers’ 105 games. The 29-year-old is second in MLB with 129 hits — trailing only his teammate Freddie Freeman, who has 132 — while entering play Thursday afternoon batting .306/.347/.500 with 17 home runs, 62 runs scored, 76 RBI, 18 stolen bases and a 137 wRC+.
The Heart and Hustle Award began in 2005 and it’s the only award in MLB that is voted on by former players, which is conducted prior to the All-Star break.
The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.
As the season draws to a close, all alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The overall winner will be announced in mid-November on MLB Network.
Prior 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), Todd Frazier (2016), Brett Gardner (2017), Mookie Betts (2018), Howie Kendrick (2019) and Ozzie Albies (2021).
A Heart and Hustle Award was not presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No Dodgers player has ever been named the overall winner.
Individual team winners of 2022 Heart & Hustle Award
Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays
Boston Red Sox: Rafael Devers
Chicago White Sox: José Abreu
Cleveland Guardians: José Ramírez
Detroit Tigers: Eric Haase
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr.
Los Angeles Angels: Jared Walsh
Minnesota Twins: Luis Arraez
New York Yankees: Jose Trevino
Oakland Athletics: Chad Pinder
Seattle Mariners: Eugenio Suárez
Tampa Bay Rays: Manuel Margot
Texas Rangers: Adolis García
Toronto Blue Jays: Matt Chapman
Arizona Diamondbacks: Daulton Varsho
Atlanta Braves: Dansby Swanson
Chicago Cubs: Willson Contreras
Cincinnati Reds: Kyle Farmer
Colorado Rockies: Connor Joe
Los Angeles Dodgers: Trea Turner
Miami Marlins: Jon Berti
Milwaukee Brewers: Jace Peterson
New York Mets: Brandon Nimmo
Philadelphia Phillies: Rhys Hoskins
Pittsburgh Pirates: Bryan Reynolds
San Diego Padres: Jake Cronenworth
San Francisco Giants: Wilmer Flores
St. Louis Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt
Washington Nationals: Josh Bell*
*Bell remains the Nationals nominee despite being acquired by the Padres after the committee voting was finalized.
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