MINNEAPOLIS Michael Cuddyer was the most consistent player for the Minnesota Twins this season. As a result, the right fielder received the award for the Most Valuable Twin as the seventh annual Diamond Awards were announced Monday.
Cuddyer, 32, hit .284 with 70 RBIs and a team-high 20 home runs while playing in 139 games. He and third baseman Danny Valencia were the only two regular position players to avoid the disabled list in an injury-plagued 2011 season for the Twins.
Cuddyer's versatility was vital for Minnesota as well, as he was able to move to the infield to play both first and second base. He also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a game against Texas.
On top of being named Most Valuable Twin, Cuddyer also took home the Bob Allison Award for the player that "exemplifies determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit and leadership, both on and off the field." It was the third year in a row Cuddyer won that award. He was given the Mike Augustin Award, which...