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Gardner chosen for Heart and Hustle Award

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner is the Yankees winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, presented by the MLB Players Alumni Association. He’ll be given the award during a pregame ceremony on Friday. Here are the details from the Players Alumni Association.

Robinson Cano, Brett GardnerWHO: New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner winner of Heart and Hustle Award. Gardner won the 2010 Heart and Hustle Award for the Yankees as well. The award is being presented by Alumni Major Leaguer Tony Peña, current bench coach for the Yankees. During his 18 year playing career, Peña was a five time All-Star and four time Gold Glove award winner. After finishing his playing career, he won the American League Manager of the Year honors in 2003, and was a World Series champion with the Yankees in 2009.

WHAT: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2013 Heart and 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.

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 the passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The 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).

The final winner will be announced Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the 14th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. To purchase tickets to this event honoring Bobby Richardson and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, email postoffice@mlbpaa.com.

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59 Responses to “Gardner chosen for Heart and Hustle Award”

  1. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks, pat. Disturbing that he doesn’t feel safe.

    Something tells me he didn’t quite thinks this through when he decided to take the records public. I remember reading an article about him. I am correct that his biggest motivation was to get back at Bosch, because of money owed?

  2. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    MTU -

    I am not happy with how the season has turned out; I’ve said some of it was predictable, but I also believe much of it wasn’t.

    I’m also not willing to buy Hal as villain, either. His background is what it is, and he leans toward the financial side of things. I do not think it is a bad idea to clean up what he might see as inefficiences (and there were inefficiencies).

    What I think he didn’t bargain for was the human element of the sport. Players don’t always play to the back of their baseball cards; injuries do happen; Derek Jeter is not a robot. He cut his margin for error too close, and when the backups and the backup to the backups also came up short, there really was nothing left to do but let it play out.

    He continued to spend money to try and stop the bleeding. Was it well-spent, well, I guess not, since it didn’t work. No one can really make the argument that Steinbrenner wouldn’t spend money. What he wouldn’t do was spend next year’s money.

    But here’s what I think might have worked better for him, PR wise. Instead of talking about 189 as goal, and giving the impression that it was not written in stone, and the impression that he would abandon the goal if the team was not competitive, he could have laid out that the plan was to get the Yankees in better financial shape, to make their payroll more efficient in in line with the luxury tax guidelines of MLB for the long-term health of the organization, they were going to get to that 189 goal. He could have then admitted that it could mean some sacrifice by all parties, including the fans, who’ve come to expect nothing less than WS-calibre teams being fielded. He could have said they weren’t throwing in the towel, that he had faith in his players, but that the organization had a plan, and that at the end of the plan, they would in effect be able to continue to spend at the highest level of any other organization in MLB without going over the luxury tax, and get more for their money.

    Or something along those lines.

    This year was lost, because by the time they realized that the players that were injured were not going to be able to come back at all, or come back in time to be of any real help (because they’d need time to get into MLB shape at the MLB level), it was too late to get any real impact players. PLUS when you put a handcuff on any acquisitions in terms of the contract you’re willing to take in (years mostly, but also money), the pool of players available to help is smaller and smaller. And then add in that you’ve pretty much committed to not trading any players in your system because you’re kinda sorta counting on them to get you through 2014, well, you can’t fix the flat tire.

    This is not a defense so much as it is my thoughts about how this snowballed.

    Because Hal Steinbrenner did spend a ton of money in 2013 to field a team that is the worst in baseball, just about, and nowhere near the calibre of team they can afford to field. He just won’t spend next year’s money because he is determined to bring in a budget at 189, and he thought it would be easier than it was.

    He may have gone through the financials with his accountants with a fine tooth comb and had every base covered. Except the human element.

    Baseball is played by people who don’t always do what you expect them to do.

  3. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Sorry for the long post, guys. My fingers were a-flying.

  4. pat August 8th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Doreen

    I guess so. Quinn says he didn’t get paid by the Miami New Times so money wasn’t his motivation for giving it to them.

  5. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Doreen-

    Very thoughtful post.

    And very kind of you IMO.

    Of course I would expect no less from you having known you as long as I have.

    You are intelligent and absolute class.

    My views coincide to an extent but I am not quite as forgiving.

    And I’ll just leave it at that.

    Bottom line is that we both want new ownership ASAP and a winning Yankee Team.

    :)

  6. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Ah yes.

    That messy, inconvenient human element.

    ;)

  7. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    MTU -

    I am upset he has disappeared from the scene. MIA. Not a good thing.

    What can he say, really?

    Not much, I guess.

    Frankly, up until the last 2 series, the Yankees did still have a hope. Slim, sure. And technically they have a numerical hope. But anyone who’s followed baseball knows it is very difficult to leap frog more than just maybe 2 or 3 teams in a pennant race. They have to depend on too much going right from here on out in a season where everything has gone wrong. What are the odds?

  8. jackamir August 8th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Heart and Hustle but No Baseball Instincts.. What a waste!!!!

  9. Pat M. August 8th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Great Post Doreen as you nailed several solid points. And to think the worst is yet to come unless there’s a change in philosophy. Many here came to accept the downward turn after Captain Derek Jeter was carried off of the field last October providing there was a plan in place looking towards 2015 . I for one always felt last October was going to be the club’s final shot at a Championship with this group. And the roadwork was in place as Texas, Anaheim and Tampa were no longer in the equation. However the only plan that is in effect is the 189 mandate. It could be a bumpy ride for Yankee fans who know only of the Derek Jeter era and it’s success…

  10. Nick in SF August 8th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Nice photo. Is Robbie asking Gardner what this “hustle” business is all about?

  11. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Doreen-

    Why do think that is ?

    Why is he, as you say, AWOL ?

  12. igotid88 August 8th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Yankee Trader says:
    August 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    Pruf

    I don’t have the figures in front of me but I think he is has the best run support of all of Yankee starters and yes he does need to leave Yankees and go to a bigger ballpark
    ———–

    He has the least run support on the team. Which is why he only has 4 wins. And CC and Pettitte have more and have basically the same era. It has gone up from 2.92 to 3.3ish but still lower.

  13. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I think Hal would prefer to issue a prepared statement thru his spokesperson.

    Or just read a prepared speech.

    I doubt he really would like to open himself up to any real questions or scrutiny.

    He seems like a Politician. Just want to “spin” things his way.

    Maybe he’ll surprise me.

  14. Shame Spencer August 8th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Doreen – Totally agree the PR aspects could have been handled differently but there’s this issue of the cost of going to Yankee Stadium that would prevent that conversation from ever occurring.

    If the Yankees are serious about cutting costs and want the fans on board, they need to cut the fans a break and roll back the ticket prices. As long as they keep going up or staying static, they’re inviting the criticism, IMO.

  15. Tar August 8th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    “This year was lost, because by the time they realized that the players that were injured were not going to be able to come back at all, or come back in time to be of any real help.”

    IMO the year was lost when the FO failed to adequately plan for the 189 goal. Way before any injuries occurred this was a train wreck waiting to happen.

    They had plenty of time to have a cohesive plan in place. Instead we got a neutered, non multitasking Cashman trying to throw together a team at the last minute. And the results are exactly what they should be.

    I will say the injuries may have derailed even a well thought out team, But this was not a well thought out team. This was a train wreck from the get go.

  16. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Remember Shame.

    Your job is to distract the guards so Randy, Mac, and I can storm the castle.

    :)

  17. Nick in SF August 8th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Very nice post, Doreen.

    There is still much to learn.

  18. Shame Spencer August 8th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    MTU – I’ll wave hundred dollar bills with my…. well.. don’t worry about it, the job will get done is the point.

    Seriously though, $1,000 for a regular season baseball game will not work with a 4th place team. I don’t even think there are tickets in the lower bowl that go for less than $150 at face value.

  19. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Shame-

    That should do it.

    Yes. If the product isn’t going to be first rate the prices should reflect the change.

    W.C. Fields had something to say about it though.

    ;)

  20. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    MTU,

    I’d be happy with a prepared statement. Not everyone is good extemporaneously.

    I think he is AWOL because he never really expected this not to work. Like everyone else, he thought the run of success woud just go on and on. Thtbit was somehow self-perpetuating. Again, he misjudged the human element, as well as how much HRS help. ;)

    Pat M,

    Jeter going down like that has come to embody the sudden downfall this season. As Jeter goes, go the Yankees? Maybe it’s overly dramatic but you can draw similarities. Jeter took his ability to play through injury for granted; in the end he ignored a pretty serious one because of the mandate to produce a championship and his importance to that goal, and the result was a literal collapse on the field.

    The 2013 Yankees it would seem are a product of that same stubbornness and belief that they were solid and healthy enough to play through. But it would seem they ignored nagging pains to the extent that the team has literally collapsed as a result of not taking care of those issues along the way, and they built to something insurmountable.

  21. Tar August 8th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    “MTU – I’ll wave hundred dollar bills with my…. well.. don’t worry about it, the job will get done is the point.”

    Back in the day $10 would get you great field level seats. Fold up a $5 and hand it to the ticket taker at the gate, than do the same thing with the usher. Great seats, and the Usher would move you if he had to.

    I’ve watched countless games that way. Of course I was a little more….. reckless back then :shock:

  22. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Doreen-

    I think you are annoyed that the communication has been conspicuously absent.

    Don’t worry the King will come down from the Castle to address the serfs in due time, or will issue a proclamation.

    In the meantime let them eat cake says he.

    :)

  23. Doreen August 8th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Shame, of course you are right about the ticket prices. No one likes to pay for champagne and get ginger ale.

    Tar, they had been working on a smaller budget for a few years. guess he figured it was a small enough step further. There was never going to be a perfect time to do it, really. You could hem and haw and wait for perfect circumstances which may never come, or you can jump in and take the plunge and weather the fallout.

    Or they could be getting ready to sell, and I am about 50-50 on that.

    Or you could continue spending like a drunken sailor with no better results than those spending a lt less and not being taxed. The tax is the thing. It irks them.

  24. Pat M. August 8th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Tar…..That’s how I saw the 1968 AFL Championship game at Shea ( Jets / Raiders ) So cold and so windy but worth the 3 fins that I had to lay out ….

  25. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Doreen-

    It is in the nature of Humans to expect things to keep going as they are. They expect continuity.

    They fool themselves into believing the world is a static place when the reality is that is very dynamic, and at times chaotic.

    That scares them too much.

    I just went thru that exact experience myself so I can attest to it’s validity.

    Maybe Hal is no different, as you said.

    Maybe he just accepted the premise that the Yankees would just continue to be good since they’d been so good for so long.

    Well. I guess he got his wakeup call too.

    Shocking. Huh, Hal ?

    ;)

  26. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Restore the R and D funds Hal and stop cannibalizing the Yankee’s future.

    Your obsession with bottom line is _______ (fill in the blank) the Yankees.

    :)

  27. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Years ago Hal was asked if Cash’s job was safe and he said yes but he also added if we were to get rid of him we wouldn’t even know where to look.

    That is the guy who owns our team

  28. ron August 8th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    There comes a time when the best thing to do is blow it up,and trade everyone,and rebuild,clear contracts,then you are still in a position to spend a gazillion dollars.
    The Yankees are going to be bathing in money from their tv deal,regardless of where they are in the standings,ticket sales etc…
    That time was in the past offseason.The 2nd best time was the trading deadline,and the Yankees blew it twice.Reason being is,they will end up in worse shape by doing nothing,and that is where we are today.
    I know sometimes,or even every time,it is hard to tell where,and when you are at a crossroad,but I think it was very east to tell this time.
    There is no way enough prospects would of not only covered the open positions,but it was easy to see that we would need replacements for jeter,and arod,with cc,and tex soon to follow.I said the mets with Harvey,wheeler,sindergarden,flores,d’arnaud,and more,would end up either better,or not too far off.
    Fans think rebuilding takes 5-10 years,when in fact,a team like the Yankees,rs can turn it around quickly because of the money they have to spend.
    The best thing for the Yankees to have done was,trade hughes,cano,granderson,joba,logan.
    We would of gotten enough good prospects to be in good shape.Then they should of wisely spent in fa.
    Now,if i’m the Yankees,i tank the year,and take the high draft pick.
    Now where are we?
    Waiting for prospects to help,little money to spend,and aging veterans.
    Do the math.A team that just waits,and does nothing,except sign older free agents is not going to go far,unless that team is already good enough.
    You can’t win with just prospects,or just trades,or just free agents.It takes a combination of all three,and rosters have to be constantly turned over.

  29. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Triple-

    Maybe he should look in the yellow pages under General Managers/baseball.

    Or he could google it and see what comes up.

    He’s smart.

    He’ll figure it out.

  30. Tar August 8th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Doreen

    Honestly I don’t blame Hal for trying to get under 189. I really don’t have a problem with that.

    No what really gets me is the apparent lack of planning to get there. A roadmap if you will, which should have started 2 or 3 years ago. I just don’t see any planning at all. Or if there was a plan it was terrible one. Maybe they are too embarrassed to talk about it. :D

    189 could have been achieved with a competitive team if they started early enough, and made some gutsy decisions. They didn’t, so I have a hard time giving them a pass over injuries.

    What a game Pat M. It seemed like Shea was always windy and cold.

  31. randy l. August 8th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    ‘Hal Steinbrenner, the 42-year-old son of the Boss, is counting off the seven hotels he owns. There are six in Florida: three in Ocala, two in Sarasota and one in Jacksonville. There’s a seventh in Columbus, Ohio.

    These are mostly chain hotels—Marriotts, Fairfield Inns and Holiday Inns—where rooms cost about $100. Most of them don’t have restaurants; Steinbrenner says he doesn’t want to be in the restaurant business. Nobody who stays in one would have any idea who owns it”.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....79124.html

    what a financial tycoon. just think with only inheriting about a billion dollars, he’s turned that into a 7 motel financial empire.

    i can’t believe i didn’t realize what a flipping genius he was :)

  32. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Randy-

    Maybe he should have more time sleeping at those Holiday Inns ?

    ;)

  33. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    edit: have spent. sorry.

  34. jmv August 8th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Good evening!

    What’s wrong with this blog today? It’s so civilized…LOL

    How nice is to see MTU on fire?

    I’m with the Team Greedy, coaching edition:

    - Get all Rays’ pitching coaches. Use any means. Blackmail, extortion, pinching

    - Kuroda’s splitter winter camp. All starters must attend (credit to MTU and YT)

    - Mo’s cutter camp. All relievers obligated to attend

    - R. Henderson’s stealing camp. Gardner, that’s for you. Nuney invited, of course

    - Pedroia’s business school. Robbie, you are already appointed

    - Hal: any baseball team owner could make you wiser. Buy them dinner. Exclude Phillies and Mets’

  35. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hal is anything but a smart man. He would be nothing without his father. He was basically a bum his whole life until Daddy gave him the keys to once proud organization

  36. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Maybe Hal will do what Politicians call “pivoting”.

    He’ll scrap 189 and say I was always against it but was forced into it.

    The hell with the Luxury Tax. Let’s spend.

    A feller can dream can’t he ?

    :)

  37. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    jmv-

    A witty addition added to the mix.

    Our Venezuelan friend just returned form the Jungle alive.

    He claims to have photos to prove it.

    I’ve yet to see them though.

    So it could be just a fairytale.

    Hope all is well on your path to Sainthood. Say hi to your wife for me. I’m sure she has surpassed Ansel Adams by now.

    ;)

  38. Pat M. August 8th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    A Business that is saddled with debt or financial obligations isn’t quite as attractive as on that has it’s $$$ in order, even if that business is The NY Yankees. Hal isn’t going to defer from this formula as he starts to sell off pieces of the Yankee Empire. Witness the YES sale.

  39. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I wish he would sell

  40. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Pat M.-

    Like a steer that comes to market should look well fed but not fat and in prime condition.

    ;)

  41. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Triple-

    Let’s all keep wishing.

    Maybe all our collective wishing will make it come true.

    Especially as the Stadium empties out.

    ;)

  42. jmv August 8th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    MTU,

    So Luis did escape from the jungle? Maybe it’s more like the jungle didn’t want him, LOL

    Wife says hello, too. But she’s been away from the camera, too. We have a trip on october, so I expect some photos

    Pat M,

    YES sale? Isn’t it the money machine?

  43. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    jmv-

    It probably just spit him out because he gave it indigestion.

    :)

  44. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Especially as the Stadium empties out.

    ———————————–

    I do miss the late 80′s and early to mid 90′s when me and my Dad could by upper deck tickets for like 20 bucks and have almost the whole section to ourselves

  45. Against All Odds August 8th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Let’s be fair to Hal for a second as a finance guy he is very good at what he does. Now dos that translate to be a good owner so far the answer is no.

  46. Triple Short of a Cycle August 8th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Let’s be fair to Hal for a second as a finance guy he is very good at what he does.

    ————————————-

    He is making less money now with the Yankees then he did a few years ago so how does that make him good at what he does?

  47. mnmboys August 8th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Yankees have made the playoffs every year except 1 for the last 18 years. They have won 5 World Series and been in 7 World Series in this span. Last time they didn’t make the playoffs (2008) they went and signed every big name free agent and came back and won the 2009 World Series. I can only hope that there is a plan in place after not making the playoffs this year that the FO will be hungry enough to go out and spend the money in the offseason to make us contenders again next year. The Arod suspension should definitely help free up cash. We will be a borderline playoff team again next year and with bigger free agent acquisitions and hopefully some farm players ready in 2015 we will again contend for titles.

  48. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    AAO-

    I’m ready to be very fair. Super fair actually. I want Hal to fulfill his dream(s).

    I say he should sell the Team for 4 billion.

    He can then take some of that money and do what he really wants to do with it.

    Buy up more Marriotts, Fairfield Inns, and Holiday Inns.

    Maybe he can even corner the market ? He can be the Bunker Hunt of the hotel trade.

    Give the Donald a run for his money ?

    :)

  49. jmv August 8th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Of course there is a plan.

    189

  50. Against All Odds August 8th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    @ MTU he probably should sell to be honest. It’s to everyone his heart isn’t in it

  51. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Hal should get really smart and be just like the Federal Reserve.

    Print money out of thin air.

    That would solve everything.

    Or he could just plant money trees all over the grounds of his estate.

    Then he could pick it as he needed it.

  52. pkyankfan69 August 8th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Anyone in need of a good laugh on this off night should definitely watch this video

    http://teamcoco.com/video/wb-rhubarb-lady

    “Alley Property B.tch!!!”

  53. jmv August 8th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    What about a discussion about the C position?

    I was thinking, Jorge was trusted as a rookie. Would you trust Murphy? Romine, as much as I like him, looks like a BUC to me (he should get more playing time, though). I would pass on McCann, that’s another bad contract waiting to happen

    Of course, if Murphy lands a Headley, that’s a no-brainer

  54. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    AAO-

    As time goes by I think more and more people are coming to that very conclusion.

    Even Doreen said so today.

    There’s getting to be a groundswell of support for it as the days go by.

    Samuel Clemens said the secret to success in life is “To make your vocation your vacation.”

    Running a Baseball Team is not a vacation for Hal. It’s work. Maybe the kind of work he doesn’t even like.

    ;)

  55. MTU August 8th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Well. It’s been a long day.

    And I’ve greatly exceeded my allotted number of posts.

    Obliterated it actually. For that I apologize to one and all.

    Time for me to leave some space for someone who actually something useful to say.

    And besides I need to go water the lawn.

    Catch you all the AM.

    Remember the future will always bright because of the promise of tomorrows.

    :)

  56. jmv August 8th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Nite, MTU

  57. randy l. August 8th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    mtu-

    all kidding aside. hal thinking he understands how to be an owner of a baseball team with elite baseball players because he delegates well to the people who run his mid range motels is laughable.

    there are no people who are stars in his business. they are desk people, maintenance people, change the sheets people. regular people. the yankees are about being in a partnership with the jeters, riveras, posadas, etc.

    thinking you can get the sheets changed a little cheaper and still maintain quality is different than thinking you can get away with catching for instance a little cheaper.

    i’m sorry but hal is a lightweight who has taken his inheritance way too seriously.

  58. jmv August 8th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Hi, Randy

    Did you read my previous post?

    Romine, Murphy, McCann?

  59. austinmac August 8th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I have no idea if Hal is smart or stupid but inheriting money doesn’t make one qualified to handle it or the assets. History is filled with proof of that. He is letting Levine talk with the media. He is strangely silent.


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