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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

Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th game as manager

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The Giants handily defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday night, 11-3. The win marked No. 2,000 of manager Bruce Bochy’s storied career, bolstering an already airtight case for the Hall of Fame.

Bochy, 64, is retiring at the end of the season. The skipper began his managerial career in 1995 with the Padres. He led them to the World Series in 1998, but they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the Yankees. Bochy would manage the Padres through 2006, amassing a 951-975 record (.494).

Bochy went to the Giants in 2007, which turned out to be a terrific decision. Bochy’s Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12, and ’14, beating the Rangers (4-1), Tigers (4-0), and Royals (4-3), respectively. Including Wednesday’s win, Bochy has a 1,049-1,047 (.500) record with the Giants.

There have been only 11 managers in baseball history to win at least 2,000 games as a manager. Connie Mack leads overwhelmingly at 3,731, followed by John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,728). Also in the 2,000-win club are Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040), Leo Durocher (2,008), and Bochy.

Next stop, Cooperstown.