Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Twins Player

Byron Buxton

Centerfielder Byron Buxton wasn’t even one of the three Twins named to the 2017 American League All-Star team at midseason. But after returning from a groin injury at the start of August, he emerged as a true star-in-the-making with his improved hitting (thanks, in part, to adjusted swing mechanics), defense (he won his first Gold Glove award), and speed (he’s the second-fastest outfielder in baseball, according to Buxton was also responsible for some of the most memorable highlights of the Twins’ season, whether setting the MLB record for fastest inside-the-park home run (13.85 seconds!) or hitting three home runs in a game just nine days later. Selected by the Twins as the MLB’s second overall draft pick in 2012, Buxton is finally ready to bloom into one of the league’s most exciting players.

Readers’ Choice: Brian Dozier 

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Wild Player Eric Staal

Best Timberwolves Player Jimmy Butler

Best Vikings Player Case Keenum

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sporting Event MIAC hockey

Best Sports Highlight The Minneapolis Miracle

Best Sportswriter Britt Robson

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan 'Common Man' Cole

Best TV Sportscaster Mark Rosen

Best TV Newsperson Jason Matheson

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best TV Station Minneapolis Television Network

Best Radio Station KFAN

Best Radio Personality Cathy Wurzer

Best Podcast 'Gleeman & the Geek'

Best Website Wedge Live

Best Commercial Bauhaus Brew Labs

Best Instagram @maywaver

Best Tweeter @RandBallsStu

Best Viral Moment 'Stranger Things' dino hoodie

Best Local Girl/Boy Made Good Winona Ryder

Best Politicians Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham

Best Power Couple Tom Weber and Peggy Flanagan

Best Local Landmark Hahn/Cock

Best Hipster Trend Booze in movie theaters

Best Place to People-Watch Stone Arch Bridge

Best Dressed Jahna Peloquin

Best Suburb Richfield

Best Construction Project Allianz Field

Best Road Pierce Butler Route

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Biking in the winter

Best Parking Lot Stillwater Veterans Memorial

Best Public Bathroom Walker Art Center

Best Sign of Spring Nice Rides deployed