The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Tuesday that shortstop Trea Turner was named the Nats' 2018 Heart and Hustle Award winner.
The award – voted on by former players – is given to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and embody the spirit, traditions and values of baseball. One player from each Major League team is awarded the title.
The announcement comes at very ironic time. During Monday's 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Turner attempted to bunt for a hit in the fourth. The attempt took a soft bounce to pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, and instead of Turner running to first since the ball was still in play, he slammed his helmet in anger and started walking down the third-base line towards the dugout.
Maybe not Trea Turner‘s best effort here. pic.twitter.com/TgqdkQjxpR— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) July 24, 2018
It wasn't the greatest bunt in the history of baseball and Turner would have been out had he attempted to run to first. But not putting in the effort – or should we say hustle – to even try is what took everyone by surprise.
Following the loss manager Dave Martinez said, "It's a good chance he won't play tomorrow."
The 2018 season has been a rough one for the Nationals, and the lack of effort from Turner on a simple play does not help their case. Maybe the recognition will ignite a fire under the 25-year old.
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