Saturday update: Morneau raking in the awards

Posted on October 25th, 2008 – 11:09 AM
By Joe Christensen

PHILADELPHIA — Travel issues kept me from blogging yesterday — apologies for that — but we posted a story about Justin Morneau being named Most Valuable Twin by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA, and the team making four cuts from the 40-man roster, including Julio DePaula.

The national BBWAA awards are announced in early November, but here’s a review of the local BBWAA awards:

Most Valuable Twin: Morneau
Twins Pitcher of the Year: Joe Nathan
Twins Rookie of the Year: Denard Span
Most Improved Twin: Alexi Casilla
Bob Allison Award (determination and leadership): Morneau
Mike Augustin Award (media good guy): Nathan
Dick Siebert Award (Upper Midwest Player of the Year): Joe Mauer

* Those awards will be presented at the fourth annual Diamond Awards dinner, on Jan. 22 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis. It’s a terrific event (you get to see La Velle in a tux) with proceeds benefitting ataxia research at the University of Minnesota. For ticket information, call 612-33-TWINS. Other awards presented that night:

Twins Minor League Player of the Year: Ben Revere
Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Anthony Slama
Carl Pohlad Community Service Award: Mauer
Kirby Puckett Award: Kent Hrbek

The Twins outrighted four players off their 40-man roster – DePaula, Oswaldo Sosa, Sergio Santos and Ryan Jorgensen — and reinserted Pat Neshek from the 60-day DL.

Also, The Sporting News named its American League All-Star Team (after polling GMs and assistant GMs):

C: Mauer
1B: Morneau
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Carlos Quentin
OF: Grady Sizemore
OF: Josh Hamilton
DH: Aubrey Huff
Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee
Reliever: Francisco Rodriguez

It’s been sprinkling here in Philly today, but the forecast says it should be dry enough tonight for Game 3 of the World Series. Garza against Moyer. I predict Moyer will win at least one game in this series, as these same two pitchers could square off for Game 7.

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