Twins name Morneau MVP, announce other awards

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau won the Calvin R. Griffith Award on Wednesday as the team's most valuable player.

Voting for that award and six others was conducted by the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. They'll be presented at the Diamond Awards Dinner, held Jan. 25 to benefit the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center.

The award given in Allison's name -- for determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit and leadership on and off the field -- went to right-hander Brad Radke.

Left-hander Johan Santana received the Joseph W. Haynes Award as the Twins' pitcher of the year. The honor is named after a former team executive.

Right fielder Michael Cuddyer won the Charles O. Johnson Award as the Twins' most improved player. Johnson is a former Minneapolis newspaper editor.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano received the Bill Boni Award, named after a former St. Paul newspaper editor, as the team's outstanding rookie.

Catcher Joe Mauer won the Dick Siebert Award as the Upper Midwest player of the year. Siebert is a former University of Minnesota baseball coach.

And finally, center fielder Torii Hunter received the Mike Augustin Award for media cooperation. Augustin is a former St. Paul sports writer.