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LA Angels Calhoun receives Heart and Hustle award

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Jun 27, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56) is unable to make a play on the ball hit by Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena (not pictured) during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56) is unable to make a play on the ball hit by Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena (not pictured) during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Since coming up with the LA Angels in 2012, right fielder Kole Calhoun has wowed Angel fans with his abilities on the field and behind the plate. On Tuesday, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association( MLBPAA) announced the winners of the 12th annual Heart and Hustle award and Calhoun was the representative for the Angels.

The MLBPAA started this award to honor active players who demonstrate a passion for the sport and embody the values and traditions of the game. Only former players vote on this award, which the players are decided before the All-Star game.

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Players from each team are chosen by the committees and base their choice on players who have demonstrated their hard work and passion on and off the field. Calhoun joins fellow players such as Adam Jones, Mike Napoli, and Eric Hosmer in this category. The final winner of this award will be announced in November at the Legends for Youth dinner in New York.

Other LA Angel alumni have won this award such David Eckstein in 2005, Albert Pujols in 2009, Torii Hunter in 2011, and most recently Mike Trout in 2012. Fans have praised Calhoun over the years for his hustle on the field and representing a good core outfield and leadoff guy at the plate.

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For the Angels, having a player announced for an award such as this, is certainly a testimony to the fact that the team is still full of talent despite their dismal season this year. Calhoun has been one of those bright spots on the team and is one of the rare players in the league that fans credit as giving a 110 percent effort.

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Calhoun already won the Gold Glove Award for right field in 2015 and now with this award he will have to create a trophy case in his house.  Calhoun has been one of the catalyst of the recent streak the Angels have been getting on base and setting the table for both Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.  He is in his third full season and at 28 years old he is just starting to enter into his prime. Maybe his next award will be a Silver Slugger or even an AL MVP you never know.

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