Twins honored with Diamond Awards

Santana honored with two Diamond Awards

MINNEAPOLIS -- As postseason awards season got under way nationally on Monday, it was also learned which Twins players were winners of local Diamond Awards.

The Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America conducted the voting for the awards.

For the second straight year, starting pitcher Johan Santana was named winner of the Calvin Griffith Award as the Twins' Most Valuable Player and the Joseph Haynes Award winner as the team's Pitcher of the Year.

Santana was 16-7 with a 2.87 ERA in 33 starts this season and became the first pitcher in club history to lead the Major Leagues in strikeouts, with 238. The 26-year-old also led the American League in opponent's batting average against at .210 and was second in ERA. The left-hander is expected to be a leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award, which will be announced Tuesday.

Starting pitcher Carlos Silva earned the Charles O. Johnson Award as the Most Improved Twin. Silva, 26, was 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA and pitched at least six innings in 25 of his 27 starts. The right-hander led the Major Leagues with 0.43 walks per nine innings, the lowest number by a pitcher in modern baseball history (post-1900).

The Bill Boni Award for the Twins' Outstanding Rookie went to right-handed reliever Jesse Crain, who was 12-5 with a 2.71 ERA and one save in 75 appearances. Crain, 24, set an AL record for consecutive wins to start a career with 11. He also led all rookie pitchers in games and winning percentage (.706) and was second in wins.

Cleveland Indians designated hitter/first baseman and Jamestown, N.D., native Travis Hafner was named winner of the Dick Seibert Award, given to the Upper Midwest Player of the Year. Hafner batted .305 with 33 home runs and 108 RBIs this season.

In a new award created this season, backup catcher Mike Redmond was named the first winner of the Bob Allison Award, which is given to the Twins player that "exemplifies determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit and leadership both on and off the field." Redmond, 34, batted .311 in 45 games while throwing out 47 percent of runners who attempted to steal.

All of the winners will receive their awards at the first annual Diamond Awards dinner in downtown Minneapolis on Jan. 26. All proceeds will benefit the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.