In his first season at second base, Dee Gordon has been one of the more consistent players for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. Gordon’s play earned him a trip to the All-Star Game and on Tuesday he received another honor.
The second baseman was named the Dodgers’ representative for the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
Passion, desire, and work ethic on and off the field are main attributes a representative needs to possess in order to be considered for the award. Gordon joins 29 fellow MLB players who were chosen to represent their respective teams.
The fans, alumni and current MLB players have the ultimate say in who will win the award. The deserving player will receive the award on Nov. 18 at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York.
Other players who have previously won the award were David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (’06, ’07), Grady Sizemore (’08), Albert Pujols (’09), Roy Halladay (’10), Torii Hunter (’11), Mike Trout (’12) and Dustin Pedroia (’13).
After facing plenty of criticism for his play in previous years, Gordon has responded well and leads MLB in stolen bases with 45 while also posting career bests in runs (54), hits (112), doubles (16), triples (9) and a slew of other offensive statistics.
Gordon has also been a steady glove at second base, using his speed at athleticism to make difficult plays. After a strong first half, Gordon hasn’t shown signs of slowing down as heading into Tuesday’s game, he’s 7-for-14 in his last three games with two runs scored.
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