The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
Twenty-four former big leaguers participated in a MLBPAA Legends for Youth baseball clinic at Vanguard University. The clinic featured 213 kids -- ages 6 to 16 -- to go along with the 24 players, who combined for 180 years, 10,055 games, 5,709 hits and nine World Series championships.
Close to 75 ambitious young baseball players collected at Nationals Park on Thursday morning for the Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic, presented by the MLBPAA. Fourteen former Major Leaguers combined to run seven stations in the outfield, bullpen and batting cages at the stadium.
Former Major League players Steve Rogers, Steve Bowling, Steve Crawford, Pat Dodson, Jackson Todd and Rick Wrona instructed youth at ONEOK Field, the home field of the Texas League's Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
A rainy day in Cooperstown may have kept the approximately 100 participants from taking the diamond at Doubleday Field for the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic, but it didn't stop them from spending an unforgettable day with some former big leaguers.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has had plenty of on-field success, but now he's being recognized for things he's done away from the stadium. Hurdle was named Thursday as the recipient of the MLBPAA's Brooks Robinson Community Service Award.
A large number of former Major League players converged at the Golf Club of Houston on Monday afternoon. These players, along with recreational golfers, participated in a fundraising tournament for Tony's Prostate Cancer Research, a not-for-profit organization founded by Tony Masraff, who was diagnosed 15 years ago.
Nine former Major League players were in attendance Saturday at the Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic in North Austin, Texas, an event set up to give children with disabilities a chance to enjoy the game of baseball.
Faced with the choice of playing cricket or baseball, 9-year-old Thomas Horne chose baseball. Now 13, and attending Endeavor Sports High School in Caringbah -- a suburb of Sydney -- Horne plays on the baseball team as a center fielder and pitcher. On Wednesday, a bright, blustery afternoon, Horne and his teammates were among those bringing the game to an even younger generation of players at the MLBPAA Legends For Youth Clinic.
As a kid, Carl Pavano attended baseball clinics each year at Beehive Field in New Britain, Conn., where he learned fundamentals from guys like Curt Schilling until it finally paid off. Pavano made his Major League debut against Schilling on May 23, 1998, and sixteen years later, on Saturday morning at Marlins Park, he was instructing kids ages 6-16 at the MLBPAA's Legends for Youth clinic.