08/27/09 3:05 PM ET
Pujols a finalist for Heart and Hustle
Passion has Cards slugger up for MLBPAA award
By B.J. Rains / MLB.com
Pujols has been named the Cardinals nominee for the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award, which is given annually to an "active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game." Each Major League club selects a nominee, and the winner will be announced at the Legends for Youth Dinner on Nov. 6 in New York. The award is voted on by Alumni Major League players.
Pujols, who is having another stellar season at the plate, hitting with a .318 average, 40 home runs and 107 RBIs entering Thursday, continues to amaze even those who see him on a daily basis.
"He's an amazing player, I've said that all along," said starter Chris Carpenter. "I've had the opportunity and have been fortunate enough to be able to watch him play for the past seven or so years -- however long I have been here -- and he continues to amaze you. He's a phenomenal player and I've said it all along, but sometimes it's unfortunate for him because people expect what he's doing [all the time], and what he does is amazing. You don't get to see it very often."
B.J. Rains is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.