"We are proud to present Jose with this award," MLBPAA director of communications Nikki Warner said. "He embodies all that the award represents and is a positive role model in the Houston community."
The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.
These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners include Craig Biggio of the Astros in 2006 and '07 and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox last year.
The final winner will be announced on Nov. 18 at the 15th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.