Schierholtz named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Schierholtz named Heart and Hustle Award winner

CHICAGO -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association named Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz as the team's 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner.

The honor goes to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

MLBPAA Director of Communications Nikki Warner said Tuesday that Schierholtz is an exemplary teammate, consummate professional, and inspiration to his community.

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.