Rookie Joey Wendle does a lot for the Rays, and usually well – play almost anywhere on the field, bat just about everywhere in the lineup, and all with intent and effort.
Tuesday, he was rewarded in being chosen as the Rays winner of the Heart and Hustle award, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
"Joey is a hardworking player and an asset to the Rays," MLBPAA CEO Dan Foster said in the news release. "His passion and dedication to the game make him the perfect candidate for this award."
The MLBPAA uses committees of former big-leaguers to chose a winner for each team, seeking players"who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game."
The group points out their award is the only one voted on by former players.
Wendle, 28, is hitting .278 with 5 homers, 30 RBIs and a .725 OPS for the Rays while routinely making slick defensive plays. He will be honored before an upcoming game.
Winners are chosen for all 30 teams, then there is voting, including fan input, for an overall winner that is announced in November.