Hughes Twins MVP
Phil Hughes was a Yankee castoff last December, allowed to walk away after a 4-14 season, but the Twins believed he was better than that. Turns out, he was.
Hughes, a free agent signee last December, has been elected the 54th winner of the Calvin Griffith Award as Twins’ Most Valuable Player, the team announced on Thursday. Hughes is the sixth pitcher to earn the overall MVP honor in a vote of the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
After winning 16 games, posting a 3.78 ERA, and walking only 16 batters, Hughes was also named the team’s Pitcher of the Year.
Hughes wasn’t the only pitcher honored by the local BBWAA, however. Pat Neshek, a Park Center graduate with the St. Louis Cardinals, was voted the winner of the Dick Seibert Award as the best major-league player from the Upper Midwest.
For his .319-with-20-steals season, Danny Santana was voted Twins rookie of the year, while shortstop Eduardo Escobar was honored as the most improved Twin. Second baseman Brian Dozier was selected the defensive player of the year, and catcher Kurt Suzuki was chosen for the Bob Allison Award for outstanding leadership.
The Mike Augustin Award winner was Ron Gardenhire, fired earlier this month as Twins manager. He was elected by BBWAA members for his cooperation with the media.
Those award winners, along with minor-league players of the year Kennys Vargas and J.O. Berrios, and community-service award winner Brian Duensing, will be honored at the annual Diamond Awards at Target Field on Jan. 22, 2015.