Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Coach

Ron Gardenhire

Let's not beat around the bush: A certain vocal portion of Twins fans are never going to be entirely happy with Ron Gardenhire until he brings home a world championship. His bullpen usage will always be second-guessed, his tendency to jaw-jack with umpires will get a few cynical eye rolls, and even this year's Punto-free roster doesn't guarantee that Gardy won't get hectored for leaning on light-hitting, utility-grade infielders. But this Twins team, now more than ever, requires a careful chemistry to make all the right things happen. In following up his 2010 Manager of the Year-winning season, Gardy is going to be in charge of a returning adopted fan favorite battling age on the way to his 600th home run, a Japanese phenom adjusting to the majors with two dozen reporters tracking his every move, the careful balancing act of an overstocked starting rotation and a short-handed relief corps, a top-caliber powerhouse teetering back from the brink of a career-jeopardizing concussion, and the great expectations of the current franchise icon living up to the blockbuster contract that kicks in this year. And he'll have to do it with Chicago and Detroit throwing the whole "weak division" argument out the window. If you need somebody to hold the clubhouse together and take the AL Central under those conditions, why not put your faith in the man who's made it his calling card?

Best Twins Player (2013) Joe Mauer

Best Twins Player (2012) Glen Perkins

Best Minnesota Twins Addition (2012) Corey Provus

Best Twins Player (2011) Joe Mauer

Best Food at Target Field (2011) Vincent Burger

BEST TWINS PLAYER (2010) Joe Mauer

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Hike Interstate State Park

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles

Best Lynx Player Rebekkah Brunson

Best Outdoors Store Gear West

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best Place to Run Mississippi River Road

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar

Best Place to Walk a Dog Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park

Best Public Golf Course Chaska Town Course

Best Sledding Kenwood Park

Best Swarm Player Ryan Benesch

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Trail Running Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Urban Hike Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Weekend Getaway North Shore

Best Wild Player Martin Havlat

Best Winter Escape Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

Best Winter Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring