BEST TWINS PLAYER - 2001
We flirted with bestowing this honor on Jacque Jones, the Twins' young, powerful outfielder with oodles of potential. But Jones could hit .300 and drive in 100 runs this season, or he could be shagging flies in Edmonton by the time the mosquitoes start biting. There's also a strong case to be made for anchors Eric Milton and Brad Radke. God willing, the two starters will lead the Twins to their first above .500 season since players began wearing batting helmets. But it's hard to get too riled up about a pair who managed just 25 wins between them last season. That leaves us with Lawton. No, he ain't Kirby. But the diminutive, pudgy, deceptively quick outfielder certainly resembled Puckett at times during the 2000 campaign: playing stellar in right, batting .300, leading the team in RBI's, and swiping more than the occasional base. Plus we like the bewildering fact that he throws right-handed but bats left-handed. It's about time the Twins sent a delegate to the All-Star game who isn't a charity case.