He may be a rookie, but St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader is showing that he knows how to play the game the right way. At least some of the Cardinals alumni think so.
Named today as the team’s winner for the Heart and Hustle Award, Bader was chosen by former Cardinals players, who were put together on one of 30 committees by the MLBPAA (Major League Baseball Player Alumni Association).
The Heart and Hustle Award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
In 79 games this season, Bader has hit .277 (53-191) with a .349 OBP and 80 total bases. He also leads all NL rookies with 9 stolen bases and has 5 outfield assists (2nd).
According to Baseball-Reference, Bader is tied with Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain with the most defensive runs saved (16) by a NL outfielder this season.
Voting for the Heart and Hustle Award took place before the All-Star Game.
Before the season ends, the alumni and all active players will vote on an overall winner, who will be announced on Nov. 8, 2018, at the 19th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics, which reach more than 18,000 children each year at 185 clinics across the United States.
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