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The Twinkie Town mid-season awards!

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MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the year, and much more!

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Twinkie Town Mid-season Awards Ceremony! My name is Cooper and I will be your host for these awards so sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the show! These winners were all voted upon by a professional group of people and each of these awards is 100% legit so let’s just get on with it!


Most Valuable Player

  • Contestants: Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler

The winner of the mid-season MVP award goes to... *opens envelope* JORGE POLANCO!

Polanco wins this award to go along with his line of .314/.371/.522 (.893), a wRC+ of 132 and 13 home runs. Polanco signed the long term extension this winter and he has already been worth so much more than what he is making. The Twins struck gold on this contract and it looks like we have an All Star shortstop secured for years to come. Injuries have hurt Buxton but he was very close, and Max Kepler was also right there. This team has many outstanding players but only one can win MVP, so congrats to Jorge Polanco.


Cy Young

  • Contestants: Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Taylor Rogers

The winner of the mid-season Cy Young award goes to... *opens envelope* JOSE BERRIOS!

Jose Berrios wins the Cy Young award behind his 8th place WAR of 2.7 among pitchers. He is having his best season so far and will deservedly be going to his second All Star Game in the past two seasons. His ERA of exactly 3.00 takes 6th place in the AL and his WHIP of 1.11 takes 9th. Odorizzi, a fellow All Star is having a career season but is behind Berrios in all those statistics and Taylor Rogers may have won but he had to leave the stage due to back pain from carrying the bullpen all season. Congrats to Jose Berrios!


Reliever of the year

  • Contestants: Ryne Harper, Taylor Rogers, Willians Astudillo

Hey everyone, Rogers took a pain iller and came back so we decided to give him an easy award to win. The winner of the reliever award is... *opens envelope* TAYLOR ROGERS!

Taylor Rogers is having a special season and has solidified himself as an elite reliever in the American League. He leads all Twins pitchers with a win probability added of 2.38 to go with his ERA of 1.93, K/9 of 11.09 and a WHIP of 1.04 to help him achieve his 11 saves on the year. There really wasn’t any competition here but it is worth noting the season that 30 year old rookie, Ryne Harper is having in the back of the Twins bullpen. Astudillo wasn’t supposed to be a contestant but he got bored sitting in the audience so he ran on stage.


Rookie of the Year

Contestants: Luis Arraez, Ryne Harper, Sean Poppen

The winner of the Rookie of the Year award goes to... *opens envelope* LUIS ARRAEZ!

When the greatest hitter of all time is up for this award, he gets it every time. He has the highest batting average of ALL TIME with minimum 80 plate appearances with a .405 clip. Terry Foster is 2nd and Ty Cobb is 3rd. Arraez is hitting .405/.477/.547 (1.023) with a wRC+ of 175 and he also has more walks (10) than strikeouts (7). Sadly for Ryne Harper, he finishes 2nd for the 2nd straight award and neither of them were really close. Sean Poppen throws a really fun fastball/slider combo that I fell in love with so he gets third place.


Gold Glove

  • Contestants: Byron Buxton, Jason Castro, Max Kepler

The winner of the Gold Glove award goes to... *opens envelope* BYRON BUXTON!

Congrats to Byron Buxton on winning this award that everyone knows he would win over everyone in the MLB. He currently leads everyone with 10 outs above average and 11 defensive runs saved on the season. His impact is clearly felt out there and every single fly ball feels like an out when you know Byron Buxton is roaming the grass. Jason Castro is having an excellent season behind the plate and he is a big reason why the pitching has been consistently good. Max Kepler is a really good fielder, but I mean he is not beating Buxton.


Silver Slugger

  • Contestants: Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz, Jorge Polanco

The winner of the Silver Slugger award goes to... *opens envelope* Nelson Cruz!

Nelson Cruz has been exactly what the Twins were hoping for when he signed with the team, providing the powerful bat to go along with a key role in mentoring some of the younger players. He leads all Twins batters in win probability added while hitting for a line of .283/.366/.561 (.927) with a wRC+ of 138. Both Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco came close, but the key kitting and power shown by Cruz is hard to ignore.


Best new addition

  • Contestants: C.J. Cron, Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez

The winner of the Best Addition award goes to... *opens envelope* Marwin Gonzalez!

The Twins new utility man has played an extremely large role by stepping in wherever the team needs him, whether it’s the infield, outfield or even in the clubhouse. With injuries to guys like Miguel Sano and every single outfielder on this team, having Marwin ready to step in and play quality defense at every position has been everything the Twins were hoping for out of him. Of course the bat has also been a welcome addition with his .255/.319/.420 (.739) line and wRC+ of 94. This all comes with a really bad start and since May he has hit 294/.352/.492 (.844) with a wRC+ of 122. He has been a great addition to this Twins team.


That just about reaches the end of our awards ceremony. It has been a great season so far for the Twins and hopefully they are just getting started. With some new additions likely on the way, this team could truly be dangerous come playoff time.

What did you think of the awards? Comment below what you would’ve changed or add in some fun awards you would give out.