Ok, there are a couple different opportunities to vote for ome of your favorite Twins for their performances both on and off the field this year.
First, this might be the last opportunity you get to support Nick Punto as a MN Twin since they decided not to pick up his option today when they picked up Kubel’s. I think even he knew it wasn’t likely that the Twins were going to pay something like $5 mil for him next year. His contract buyout is $500,000 and then he’s a free agent. At that point, he could still resign here but it would likely be at a lot more reasonable contract amount for his expected role. Whatever will the bloggers complain about then? oh yeah, poor Cuddy…
Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Alumni and active Major League players and is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
You can VOTE up to 10 times a day so lets support the guy that we all know actually is all about heart and hustle. Go Nicky!
Second, MLB has published the ballots for the 2010 This Year in Baseball awards. There are a LOT of categories and there aren’t Twins in all of them BUT even for the ones that don’t have Twins, they are entertaining enough that I encourage everyone to look through and make selections. It’s a great bit of entertainment.
However, Twins highlights to look for include Danny Valencia for X-factor, Delmon Young for Breakout, Bill Smith for Executive and Ron Gardenhire for Manager of the Year. Vote here!
PS. Don’t forget to go vote for Pavano for 2010 Mustached Man of Year!