NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes on Tuesday received the first of what is sure to be many awards for his 2011 season.
In a ceremony prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Mets first-base coach Mookie Wilson presented Reyes with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award, given annually to one player on each team who "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game."
From the pool of 30 club winners, one player will ultimately be chosen as the league's Heart and Hustle Award recipient.
Enjoying perhaps his best overall season as a professional, Reyes entered Tuesday's play batting .340 with 72 runs scored and 32 stolen bases, leading the Majors with 49 multi-hit games and 16 triples. In addition to pacing the National League in hits, batting average and runs scored, Reyes also ranks second in steals.
But the Heart and Hustle Award, according to a Mets release, "is a departure from the standard recognition of pure on-field performance and instead recognizes the intangible values of a true team player and leader."