Before the end of the season, fans, Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 nominees. The final winner will be named on November 18 at charity dinner in New York City.
“In baseball, you look at the criteria for that award, I think he hits all of the criteria,” Gonzalez said. “The way he plays the game, the way he carries himself on and off the field. We have a good representative.”
During his first year in the majors, Heyward was the Braves’ 2010 Heart and Hustle nominee but he has yet to claim the big win. Heyward said he isn’t worried about living up to the award or proving he deserves the top honor.
“There’s nothing to live up to. That’s me every day, that’s the way I enjoy playing the game and it’s been that way since I was five years old,” Heyward said. “This is a kid’s game but we’re grown men and we’re fortunate enough to be able to play it.”