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Barajas a Heart and Hustle Award finalist

Barajas a finalist for hustle award

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BOSTON -- Rod Barajas is having quite a season. Later this year, he could be recognized for it.

The Blue Jays catcher has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 edition of the Heart and Hustle Award, presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.

In his second season with Toronto, the 33-year-old Barajas entered Sunday batting .243 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs -- just five shy of the career-high 60 he collected in 2005.

Voted on by former Major Leaguers, the Heart and Hustle Award will be presented at the Legends for Youth Dinner on Nov. 6 in New York.

John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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