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Melky Cabrera Nominated for 'Heart and Hustle' Award

Melky Cabrera, suspended 50 games for testing positive during the 2012 season, was nominated for a "Heart and Hustle Award."

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    On November 13, the MLB Players Alumni Association will hand out its annual "Heart and Hustle Award."

    Baseball gods willing, it will be (former?) Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera who picks up the hardware.

    No, you couldn't make this up if you tried: as pointed out by hilarious Twitter ghoul Old Hoss Radbourn, Melky is actually nominated for an award that's designed to embody "values, spirits and traditions of the game."

    "The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Major League alumni and active players and is presented annually to a player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game," the Alumni Association's website reads.

    Cabrera, obviously, was suspended 50 games during the 2012 season for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. The only way he'd embody the spirit of baseball is if the year was 1998.

    Fans could vote for Melky up until recently, with the fan vote counting five percent towards the final decision. However, voting ended Monday and the page for Melky is no longer active on the site.

    That's a smart move given the response from his candidacy. If Melky doesn't feel like he's good enough to win the freaking batting title, there's little chance he wants to deal with the awkwardness of accepting the "Heart and Hustle Award."

    H/T: Big League Stew