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


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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.