Dozier picks up trio of Twins annual awards

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was the big winner among the team’s annual honors, following his record-setting season.

The Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted Dozier the Calvin Griffith Award for the most valuable player, the Charles Johnson Award for the most improved player and the Bob Allison Award for determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit and leadership.

In other awards announced Wednesday by the Twins, Ervin Santana was voted as pitcher of the year, Max Kepler was picked as most outstanding rookie, Byron Buxton was named defensive player of the year and Eduardo Escobar won the award for community service.

Former general manager Terry Ryan was selected as the media good guy, and Rod Carew was chosen for the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award.

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