The Major League Award season passed by early at the start of the offseason, and the Minnesota Twins missed out on most of the big ones, with the team failing to have any finalists outside of Gold Glove awards and Luis Arraez taking home a Silver Slugger award. When your season ends in such a disappointing way, it makes sense that you’re not bringing home the hardware.
Luckily for the Twins, another award was given out, and this time, a Minnesota Twins hitter took it home:
Byron Buxton earned the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, is given, as the tweet says, “annually to one major league player who best exemplifies service to country and love of baseball”, and they honestly couldn’t have picked a better candidate.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was awarded the 2022 MLB Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.
Buxton, whose older brother Felton is in the U.S. Navy, consistently goes out of his way (along with his wife Lindsey) to provide opportunities for servicemen and women to be involved in professional baseball.
The award website mentions several of the wonderful things Buxton does for the military community, and after reading it, you get a stronger sense of why Buck does what he does. Per the website, here’s what Buck said after accepting the award:
"“Service – to team, family, community, and country – is a value that I hold close to my heart and being able to support and celebrate those who serve is incredibly important to me and my family. It’s impossible for me to excel on the field without the sacrifice they make off the field, and I’m proud to be able to give back however I can.”"
While the Minnesota Twins may not have many things to celebrate after 2022, especially in the awards category, this is a tremendous honor for an excellent ballplayer and an even better person in Buxton.