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Cuddyer is Rox' Heart, Hustle Award winner

Cuddyer is Rox' Heart, Hustle Award winner

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Cuddyer is Rox' Heart, Hustle Award winner

DENVER -- Outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer will be presented with the Rockies' Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award at Coors Field before Monday night's game against the Padres.

It is the second straight year that Cuddyer has been honored. The award honors Cuddyer for his play on the field and charity work off it. According to the MLBPAA, which picks winners from each of the 30 teams and will announce a final winner Nov. 19 at the 14th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City, the award "honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."

Each team has a committee of alumni players that picks a winner from each team. Now fans, alumni and active players will vote from the list of 30 team winners for the final winner. Previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011) and Mike Trout (2012).

Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette will make the on-field presentation Monday.

For more information, visit www.baseballalumni.com or follow the MLBPAA on Facebook and Twitter (@MLBPAA, hashtag #HeartandHustle).

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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