Minnesota Twins: Carlos Correa leads way at 2023 Diamond Awards
Every single year, the Minnesota Twins release their Diamond Award winners, honoring the players who did a tremendous job, even amongst trying seasons like this one. Despite what some may say, this season had some bright spots, and the Diamond Awards highlight those bright spots.
This year, the Twins may not have made the playoffs, but they did see some positives, with Carlos Correa namely as one of them. After a terrific season that saw him slash .291/.366/.467 with 22 homers, and 64 RBI with stellar defense, there was a lot to be happy with after signing him to a $35.1 million deal.
The Minnesota Twins handed out the end of season Diamond Awards, with Carlos Correa standing out as the big winner.
Because of his success, Correa was named the Most Valuable Twin Award for his incredible production and great defensive ability. He also took home the Bob Allison Award, Jim Kaat Defensive Player of the Year award, and the Mike Augustin “Media Good Guy” Award.
The Bob Allison award is given to “the Twins player who exemplifies determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit, and leadership both on and off the field”, while the Mike Augustin award is given to the player who has great relationships with the media. Correa deserved both awards after his
Finally, he was also given the Carl R. Pohlad Outstanding Community Service Award, as his consistent charity and work through his foundation has been incredible, especially when working with the Twins Community Fund.
It’s easy to see the need that the Twins have at shortstop, and with Correa fitting in so well in his first season, the team should immediately get started on a massive contract extension that keeps him in a Minnesota Twins uniform for a long time.
Correa wasn’t the only winner to take home multiple awards. Jhoan Duran was named the winner of the Joseph W. Haynes Award (named after the former Twins Executive Vice President) as the Twins’ pitcher of the year, while also taking home the the Bill Boni Award (former St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press Executive Sports Editor) as the team’s most outstanding rookie.
In addition to Correa and Duran piling up the awards, Nick Gordon was given the Charles O. Johnson Award for Most Improved Twin after a season in which his OPS jumped nearly 90 points and his ability to play multiple positions was incredibly helpful.
On the minor league side, Matt Wallner was named the Twins Minor League Player of the Year after the Minnesota native dominated in the high minors and earned an MLB call-up. For arms, Louie Varland was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, after also earning an MLB call-up.