The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association named Christian Yelich as the Marlins' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday.
Each of the 30 MLB teams has one player named as a team winner every year. Those 30 winners are then eligible for the final award which is presented in November. Every winner will have a moment prior to an upcoming home game where their achievement is recognized.
The MLBPAA describes the award as follows:
"Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Alumni and active Major League players and is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game"
Yelich plays the game with a noticeable effort each and every day both in the field and at the plate. The left-fielder is known for not giving away an at-bat regardless of the score at the time. Yelich will work a count and do his best to reach base for the run producers batting behind him. In the field, he has made leaping catches and has done everything he could do to keep his team in games.
Last season, Juan Pierre was the team winner for Miami as he too demonstrated a daily ability to give his all. Previous Marlins that won the team award included Gaby Sanchez, Jose Reyes, John Baker, Dan Uggla, Alfredo Amezaga and Dontrelle Willis.
The final award which has never been won by a Marlin will be announced on November 18th.