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'True big leaguer' Goldy wins Heart and Hustle Award

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PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt was named the D-backs' recipient of the annual Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. He is one of 30 winners, which were announced on Tuesday

The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

"His play on the field and community service exemplify what a true big leaguer should be," said Luis Gonzalez, a member of the Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series championship team and now a club vice president. "On and off the field, he is an example for young players to follow."

Goldschmidt, a two-time National League All-Star just voted to this year's team by the fans as the starting first baseman, was tied for the NL lead with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton with 65 RBIs entering Tuesday's games.

The final winner will be announced on Nov. 18 at the 15th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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