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Mookie Betts wins 2018 Heart and Hustle Award

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Every year, the MLB Players Alumni Association announces a winner for its annual Heart and Hustle Award. The award is given to the player who “best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball.” The winner of the 2018 award is Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

Betts is the first member of the Red Sox to win the Heart and Hustle award since Dustin Pedroia in 2013. The winners since the award’s inception in 2005:

  • 2005: SS David Eckstein, Cardinals
  • 2006: 2B Craig Biggio, Astros
  • 2007: 2B Craig Biggio, Astros
  • 2008: OF Grady Sizemore, Indians
  • 2009: 1B Albert Pujols, Cardinals
  • 2010: SP Roy Halladay, Phillies
  • 2011: OF Torii Hunter, Angels
  • 2012: OF Mike Trout, Angels
  • 2013: 2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
  • 2014: UT Josh Harrison, Pirates
  • 2015: 1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
  • 2016: 3B Todd Frazier, White Sox
  • 2017: OF Brett Gardner, Yankees

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.