"It will be special for me to have Dad here," said Hurdle, who pledged the award to his father when he was originally presented with it at a January banquet in New York City. "The award will go to him.
"Fifty-one years ago," added the 56-year-old manager, "my dad grabbed my hand and said, 'Let's go outside and play catch.' I can think of no better person to receive the award.
"He's had to manage me, and that's quite a task. Good, bad, up, down -- he's been with me the whole journey."
The junior Hurdle felt adolescent-like pride in being able to accept his profession's highest honor in front of a parent.
"He'll be able to look at his kid and say, 'Well done.'"
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.