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LA's Martin is Heart and Hustle finalist

Martin up for Heart and Hustle Award

LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Russell Martin is the Dodgers' finalist for the Heart and Hustle Award.

Martin, 26, has been the Dodgers' starting catcher since May 2006. He's a two-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove and a former Silver Slugger winner.

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association created the Heart and Hustle Award in 2005, voted on by former Major League players and presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.

The 2009 Heart and Hustle Award will be presented at the Legends for Youth Dinner on Nov. 6 in New York. This year will mark the fifth time the MLBPAA has given this award. Each team selects a recipient before the overall winner is announced.

Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore was the fourth recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award last year.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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