Phillies’ Andres Blanco Named 2016 MLB Heart and Hustle Finalist
Currently pursuing his JD from the Rutgers University School of Law, Jordan Zuck has previously served as a judicial intern with the New Jersey Superior Court. Outside of his academic pursuits, Jordan Zuck is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association recently announced the preliminary list of winners for the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award, naming Philadelphia Phillies’ nine-year veteran infielder Andres Blanco as one of this year’s finalists. The annual Heart and Hustle Award recognizes active players who demonstrate passion while embodying the traditions, values, and spirit of the game.
Andres Blanco, the Philadelphia Phillies’ nominee for the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award, joined the Phillies in 2014 after spending time playing for the Texas Rangers, the Chicago Cubs, and debuting in the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals in 2004. In 2016, the Philadelphia infielder has 37 hits, 18 RBIS, three home runs, and a batting average of .265 after 71 games.
As the only MLB honor voted on by retired players, the criteria for the award measure a player’s desire, passion, and work ethic both off and on the field. The final 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner will be revealed on November 17, 2016.