ST. LOUIS — Rookie right fielder Kevin Kiermaier was named the Tampa Bay Rays’ winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
Kiermaier created a spark for the team when he began playing regularly in June with his speed on the bases and in the outfield.
“He has not been with us long, but his path to the major leagues and how he plays the game makes him an easy choice for this award. He will set the proper example for many young kids to follow,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said in a statement released by the MLBAA.
This award is the only one voted on by former players.
The MLBAA selects one player on each team for the Heart and Hustle Award. At the end of the year, they will vote for one winner from that group of 30.
Past winners were David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).