ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout was named the Angels' recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA).
One player from every Major League team won the award and, from the 30 nominees, one winner will be crowned across baseball. The honor, voted on by current and former players, is awarded to the player who demonstrates "a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game."
In 2012, Trout won the Major League-wide award after he hit .326 and led the Majors in both runs (129) and stolen bases (49) while winning the American League Rookie of the Year.
Outfielder J.B. Shuck won the Angels' award last season and two of the last three MLB winners have been Angels. Torii Hunter won in 2011.
This season, Trout is hitting .310 with 23 home runs and 74 RBIs while leading the AL in OPS (1.002).
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