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Yankees’ Brett Gardner Wins The Overall Heart & Hustle Award

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During the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s 18th Legends for Youth Dinner Tuesday night in Manhattan, New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner was presented with the overall Heart & Hustle Award.

Major League Baseball has presented the overall Heart & Hustle Award since 2005. Gardner becomes the first Yankee to win, and fourth outfielder, joining Grady Sizemore, Torii Hunter, and Mike Trout.

Each year, every team presents a Heart & Hustle Award to one of its players; this is the fifth time Gardner’s won in his 10-year career as a Yankee.

“I was taught to play with a lot of passion, and to be recognized this way, voted on by fellow players, it means a lot to me,” Gardner told the media, as reported by MLB.com’s Mark Newman. “I have to give credit to a lot of people. My dad taught me at an early age to play the game the right way. My wife Jessica pushes me every day to be better on and off the field, to be active in the community and give back. I’m thankful that I have a lot of good friends and family who have been with me the whole way.”

Gardner, 34, had a solid season offensively for the Yankees in 2017. He hit .264/.350/.428 with 21 homers, 63 RBIs, and 93 runs scored as the Yanks’ main leadoff hitter. In addition to his home run total, Gardner’s 157 hits and 254 total bases set new career highs.

Of course his team showed some love on the social media machine:

Stay tuned for more coverage of all Major League Baseball awards throughout the week!

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Tigers to Sign Hector Sanchez

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with catcher Hector Sanchez, according to Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Sanchez, 29, was released by the San Francisco Giants shortly after the start of the 2018 season, and owns a career .238/.273/.367 batting line.

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Yankees to Sign Danny Farquhar

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The New York Yankees are signing right handed pitches Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

According to MLB’com’s Mark Feinsand, the 31-year old Farquhar will receive an invitation to camp with the Yankees.

Farquhar spent the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox, pitching to the tune of a 5.63 ERA of 8 innings pitched.

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Mariners Designate Kaleb Cowart for Assignment

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The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Kaleb Coward for assignment, creating a needed roster space for the acquisition of Shed Long from the New York Yankees, the team officially announced.

Seattle claimed Cowart back in December, stating that he would come to camp not only as an infielder, but as a pitcher as well, and while he could still come to Mariners’ camp, he will need to clear waivers first.

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