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Melky Cabrera is a finalist for the “Heart and Hustle” award

Nov 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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OK, so this was apparently announced way back in July, but I didn’t notice it until Mike Bates pointed it out on Twitter this afternoon and … well, you’ll see.

Each year the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association gives out a “Heart and Hustle” award “to a player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.”

As part of the voting process one player from each of the 30 teams is selected as a finalist “based on the passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.”

All of which makes this pretty amazing: Melky Cabrera is the Giants’ finalist for the “Heart and Hustle” award this year after missing the end of the regular season and being left off the postseason roster following his 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug.

As pictured below, Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda presented Cabrera with the team version of the “Heart and Hustle” award on August 1, two weeks before his suspension was announced:

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And you can still vote for him on MLB.com and everything:

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MLB.com balloting only counts for five percent of the total “Heart and Hustle” vote or else this whole thing could get really fun. With his $300,000 in playoff share money Cabrera could build a shrine to display his award.

  1. randygnyc - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Laughed out loud.

  2. stex52 - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I have tried to stay out of the Melky stuff, but this is too over the top. I’m almost speechless.

    I guess you could say “He did whatever it took to win!”

    • natstowngreg - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Exactly. How could he show his passion for the game any better, than by abusing his body?

      Meanwhile, Craig must be workin’ the ol’ bubble pipe extra hard, what with Frenchy being nominated.

  3. historiophiliac - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    This election, vote the other Cabrera!

    Oh, wait, Austin Jackson then.

  4. temporarilyexiled - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Because he certainly couldn’t be nominated for the Brains and Hustle award…

  5. sdelmonte - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    H as in Heart
    G as in Got Caught
    H as in Hustle

    (Yeah, I know it was not HGH, but I can’t make this lame joke with steroids.)

    • ezthinking - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      So don’t make it.

  6. thomas2727 - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    This is screaming for a “Vote for the Worst” campaign like used to happen on American Idol.

    I would love to see how the Giants handle it if he actually wins.

  7. nategearhart - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Francoeur for the Royals?! So I guess you don’t have to be good at baseball to qualify?

  8. vanmorrissey - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    This is great. Knowing how SF fans stuffed the on line ballots for the All Star game, Melky’s a shoe in. Hey, he’s on the ballot so no reason you can’t vote for him so have at it!

    • Gamera the Brave - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      ” Knowing how SF fans stuffed the on line ballots for the All Star game…”
      Right – because ONLY SF fans stuffed the ballot boxes for the All Star Game!
      Good one!

      Now, the alacrity with which they did it, that’s something impressive, even though in retrospect it seems, well, unseemly…

  9. eagles512 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    A complete joke

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