MLBPAA announces “Heart and Hustle” award, given mostly to Americans and white guys

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Today the MLB Players Alumni Assocation announced its annual “Heart and Hustle Award” given to one player from each team “who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game.”

You can click here to see all of the recipients and read their press release.

One thing that stood out to me in looking at the list is that of the 30 winners 28 are American born and 22 are white guys.

I’m not trying to portray this as as huge deal so much as something to sigh about because it’s sadly predictable. Baseball is often held up as a diverse, global game and on the field it certainly is, but it’s also a game that holds onto a lot of stereotypes and cliches both positive and negative.

According to the most recent “MLB Racial and Gender Report Card” the overall number of “American” players is 73 percent and the overall number “white” players is 58 percent. Which is why it seems noteworthy that an award based on “heart and hustle” is given to 93 percent “American” players and 73 percent “white” players.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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